This weekend’s UFC 143 fight card just got even better for New Mexico fight fans. Not only does it have Albuquerque’s Carlos Condit in a title fight against Nick Diaz, it was also just announced that Jackson’s/Winkeljohn’s fighter, Henry Martinez, will step in to replace Jorge Lopez against the 5-3-0 Matt Riddle. Martinez is on a 4 fight winning streak, with his most recent submission victory over Ali Hanjani in the Jackson’s MMA series just a week ago.
Martinez has an 8-1-0 record, with wins by decision, submission, and TKO; his one and only loss was by decision to Wilson Reis at Bellator Fighting Championships 2. Opponent Matt Riddle was on Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter season 7 where he defeated Matt Sera protégé, Dan Simmler by KO, breaking Simmlers jaw. Riddler was later bumped from TUF, defeated by Tim Credeur. Martinez’s great wrestling and KO power should match up well against Riddle, who also comes from a wrestling background. Be sure to watch Martinez vs. Riddler and Condit vs. Diaz this weekend in UFC 143.
Sherdog: Lopez Out, Martinez Steps in to Face Riddle at UFC 143
MMA Junkie: Jorge Lopez out at UFC 143, Matt Riddle now meets Henry Martinez
Heavy MMA: UFC 143: Jorge Lopez Out, Henry Martinez In vs. Matthew Riddle
MMA Frenzy: Matt Riddle Meets Henry Martinez at UFC 143 with Jorge Lopez Out
MMA Weekly: Jackson’s Fighter Henry Martinez Steps in to Face Matt Riddle at UFC 143