Terry Martin – Father Knows Best - MMA Forum - UFC Forums - UFC Results - MMA Videos
UFC The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts organization, recognized as the largest MMA promotion in the world. The UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada and is owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC. This promotion is responsible for solidifying the sport's postion in the history-books. UFC is currently undergoing a remarkable surge in popularity, along with greater mainstream media coverage. UFC programming can now be seen on FOX, FX, and FUEL TV in the United States, as well as in 35 other countries worldwide.

Reply

Old 09-15-2007, 10:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
Bantamweight
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 690
benn is on a distinguished roadbenn is on a distinguished roadbenn is on a distinguished roadbenn is on a distinguished roadbenn is on a distinguished road
Terry Martin – Father Knows Best

pretty good read.

By Thomas Gerbasi

As an up and coming mixed martial artist, Terry Martin – all 5 foot 9 of him – thought that a light heavyweight title was a foregone conclusion once he got his shot at the big time.

And who could blame him as he came up on the local circuit, beating opponent after opponent, with only one fight going the distance? Martin, who wrestled at 184 pounds at Northern Illinois University yet competed at 205 pounds in MMA, was intoxicated by his success. His father, a former fighter himself, knew better though.

“I always walked around at around 205 pounds, but what happened was, I wrestled at 184 pounds in college, and my father, right before he passed away, he was always telling me, drop down to 185 pounds, they’re too big,” remembered Martin. “At the time, I was winning big fights against some real tough opponents, so I thought there was no need.”

Then Martin would get his call to the UFC, and he wound up getting knocked out by a single knee from James Irvin and then overpowered by Jason Lambert en route to a second round TKO loss. Something had to be done, or Martin’s UFC tenure was going to be a short one. So he looked around and decided to finally follow his father’s advice.

“I was like, ‘forget this, these guys are too big,’” said Martin. “When you see these guys - Tito Ortiz, Forrest Griffin, and these other big 205 pounders - walking around, you’re like ‘Maaaan, oh no.’ (Laughs) These guys cut from 230, 240, and I walk around at 205. So I just cut out my ice cream and cookies and just dropped the weight.”

The change in fortunes has been dramatic. Since dropping to the middleweight division, Martin has fought a total of two minutes and 18 seconds, knocking out Jorge Rivera in 14 seconds at UFC 67, and taking out Ivan Salaverry in 2:04 at UFC 71 in May. That’s as drastic a 2-2 Octagon record (18-2 overall) as you’ll ever see.

“It feels good,” he said of his 2007 campaign. “I still feel that I haven’t made my presence known yet, but I think after this fight here, I’ll really send a big message.”

His next fight, this Wednesday on Spike TV, may be his biggest to date, as he will perform in front of a national television audience when he takes on Chris Leben. For the fans, it’s a war waiting to happen, as neither fighter is adverse to standing and swinging for the fences. Among fight pundits though, many are scratching their heads, wondering why Leben would pass up on a main event bout against old rival Mike Swick to fight someone like Martin in an undercard contest. Martin is one of those head scratchers.

“I think his only way of survival in this fight is to run,” said Martin of Leben. “I don’t know what was on his mind when he took this fight. I guess he thought it was gonna be a classic matchup between Optimus Prime and Megatron. I’m serious, I can’t explain it to you. Maybe he thinks he’s gonna sit there and bang with me.”

If he does, he will be facing a striker with solid technique and fight ending power. If not, he will be facing a former Division I wrestler who has not had much opportunity to show his prowess on the mat.

“I think everybody’s overlooking my grappling,” said Martin. “People don’t know that I lost to (former heavyweight title challenger) Jeff Monson, who’s known all over the world for his grappling, and I lost to him by one point at heavyweight. A lot of people don’t pay attention to the big tattoo I got branded on my back, the NIU wrestling tattoo. That’s a good thing though, because it’s all a trap.”

The cat may be out of the bag soon when it comes to Martin though, as he has not only shown an ability to finish entertaining fights, but he has a great story (he’s currently working on his Doctorate at the Adler School of Professional Psychology) and isn’t shy about telling it.

“A lot of people look at the fight stuff and see just a fighter,” he said. “They’ve got to realize that outside of fighting I’m a graduate student. I volunteer and help people out and there’s another side of me along with the fighting stuff. A lot of people see us fighters and think that we’re the guys walking around with chips on our shoulders, when there’s another side.”

Martin also has a personality and a sense of humor. Want proof? Look no further than his fight with Salaverry, where he called the veteran ‘Billie Jean’ due to his style in the Octagon, and then came into the Octagon at UFC 71 with the Michael Jackson hit blaring through the speakers.

“I got a lot of strange reactions, but not one negative remark,” said Martin. “It was different. You look at the UFC, and the fighters either come out to rock or rap. You got a Matt Hughes, who comes out to country, but I wanted to come out to something different, something that old people liked, young people liked, black people liked, white people liked, everybody liked. And I wanted to send a message, thinking that would motivate Salaverry.”

It turned into one of the most memorable UFC entrances in recent memory, and the result was also pleasing to Martin. Plus, it was all done in fun, as the Chicago native is quick in his praise of Salaverry.

“He was a good opponent, I’m not disrespecting him in no kinda way,” said Martin. “He’s tough and I wish the best for him.”

That’s after the fight though. Before and during it, Martin is all business, and he knows that a win over Leben this week will put him even closer to a shot at UFC middleweight boss Anderson Silva. It’s a fight he can’t wait for.

“Me and my camp, we just can’t wait for that matchup, and the sooner it happens, the better,” said Martin of a fight with Silva. “Give me this match and another fight against Patrick Cote, Evan Tanner, or somebody like that, a guy who’s made a name for himself, and then I’ll shoot up for the title. And Anderson Silva, I’m not worried about him. These fighters fight him the wrong way. He’s like 6-2 and you look at his fights and they’re letting this guy fight them on the inside. They’re going to his strength side instead of going outside of his lead leg. They’re giving these fights to him. I wonder if they’re studying his tapes and his weaknesses or just studying his wins and his knockouts? It’s crazy.”

So, Terry Martin, we’ll put you on the spot. Do you have the plan to beat the man?

“I got the perfect plan,” said Martin. “I’m gonna embarrass him.”

UFC® : Ultimate Fighting Championship®

I'm startin to like Terry Martin.
I hope he wins against Leben.
__________________
fav. fighters

"ICEMAN"
"RUSH"
"CROCOP"
benn is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 

Old 09-15-2007, 11:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
Super Heavyweight
 
Stapler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 4,043
Stapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By All
Good read, I think Martins gonna have alot of success at 185. At 205 one of his losses against James Irvin was just a crazy flying knee, he was winning up till that point. His other loss to Jason Lambert wasn't so bad, I believe Lambert has foughten at heavyweight before and Martin was a small light heavyweight, wasn't exactly the best matchup for him.

I think hes going to make an example out of Leben.
Stapler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2007, 12:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
Banned
 
The Fetus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 186
The Fetus has a little shameless behaviour in the past
I hope Leben drops him.
The Fetus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2007, 12:26 PM   #4 (permalink)
Dreamer
 
toddums's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Seattle
Posts: 870
toddums will become famous soon enoughtoddums will become famous soon enoughtoddums will become famous soon enoughtoddums will become famous soon enoughtoddums will become famous soon enoughtoddums will become famous soon enoughtoddums will become famous soon enoughtoddums will become famous soon enoughtoddums will become famous soon enoughtoddums will become famous soon enoughtoddums will become famous soon enough
Thanks for the good read, +rep
__________________


Founding Rockateer of the Wilson Gouveia Rocketship!

Sig by Diesel
toddums is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2007, 12:52 PM   #5 (permalink)
Super Heavyweight
 
Stapler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 4,043
Stapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By AllStapler Is Beloved By All
I'm actually interested to see the type of gameplan he'd have in store against Silva, he says he has the perfect plan and thats hes going to "embarrass" him when/if he faces him.. How do you embarrass a guy like Anderson Silva?

EDIT: I believe when the interviewer said "the man" he meant Anderson Silva, they did just talk about him before hand.

Do you really need a big gameplan to beat Chris Leben?

Last edited by Stapler : 09-16-2007 at 12:54 PM.
Stapler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2007, 01:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
Flyweight
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 342
NoRToN will become famous soon enoughNoRToN will become famous soon enoughNoRToN will become famous soon enoughNoRToN will become famous soon enoughNoRToN will become famous soon enoughNoRToN will become famous soon enoughNoRToN will become famous soon enoughNoRToN will become famous soon enoughNoRToN will become famous soon enoughNoRToN will become famous soon enoughNoRToN will become famous soon enough
Terry Martin FTW, gotta root for the hometown boy whom I've seen fight live. HE DROPS BOMBS!!!
NoRToN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2007, 01:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
Face the Pain
 
Aaronyman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Southwestern Ontario
Posts: 7,021
Aaronyman Is Respected By All He CrossesAaronyman Is Respected By All He CrossesAaronyman Is Respected By All He CrossesAaronyman Is Respected By All He CrossesAaronyman Is Respected By All He CrossesAaronyman Is Respected By All He CrossesAaronyman Is Respected By All He CrossesAaronyman Is Respected By All He CrossesAaronyman Is Respected By All He CrossesAaronyman Is Respected By All He CrossesAaronyman Is Respected By All He Crosses
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nick_V03
Do you really need a big gameplan to beat Chris Leben?
pass the drug test

thats about it
Aaronyman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-16-2007, 02:41 PM   #8 (permalink)
Banned
 
Fedor>all's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Cambridge, ON
Posts: 8,796
Fedor>all Is World RenownFedor>all Is World RenownFedor>all Is World RenownFedor>all Is World RenownFedor>all Is World RenownFedor>all Is World RenownFedor>all Is World RenownFedor>all Is World RenownFedor>all Is World RenownFedor>all Is World RenownFedor>all Is World Renown
Chris Leben's not that bad of a fighter, he's just not in the upper echelon of fighters at 185.

This fight is going to be a really exciting war. These guys are just going to go out there and try to knock each other's heads off. Martin has the wrestling advantage, but he needs to watch out for submissions in Leben's guard, which is surprisingly quite active.
Fedor>all is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

VerticalSports
Baseball Forum Golf Forum Boxing Forum Snowmobile Forum
Basketball Forum Soccer Forum MMA Forum PWC Forum
Football Forum Cricket Forum Wrestling Forum ATV Forum
Hockey Forum Volleyball Forum Paintball Forum Snowboarding Forum
Tennis Forum Rugby Forums Lacrosse Forum Skiing Forums
Copyright (C) Verticalscope Inc SEO by vBSEO 3.3.2
Powered by vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2009 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited.
vBCredits v1.4 Copyright ©2007, PixelFX Studios