The co-main event at LFA 97: Browne vs. Estrázulas is just as good as the headliner. Jose Martinez will take on the ultra-dangerous Jacob Rosales. While Rosales (12-6) is coming off a unanimous decision loss to champion Bryce Logan, he is definitely hungry to make a statement. Conversely, Martinez (11-4) is on an upward trend with two wins back-to-back.
Specifically, Martinez demonstrated how dangerous he is after a blistering knockout of Sherwin Price at C3 Fights 48. Following his success at C3 Fights, the 30-year old had yet another amazing debut, when he beat Daryl Wilson at FCF 60 by decision.
Brief look at Martinez’s opponent Rosales
Prior to the setback endured by Rosales against the champion, he picked up a solid win over Salaiman Ahmadyar at LFA 81: Emmers vs. Barbosa. Additionally, “Lil Badger” gets his name because he’s so hard to get off of you. The suffocating pressure Rosales brings to the cage is hard to deal with.
Jose Martinez on training camp
Asked about the fight by AllAccessMMA.com staff, Martinez opened up around how he sharpens his cardio during training camps, stating,
“I up my cardio a bunch to be able to push a hard pace for 3 rounds, also I feel my speed and pace will be hard for him to deal with”
Expanding further on the notion of cardio, he explained that he has been doing a ton of movement drills with his feet to prepare for the fight. One thing is certain, once LFA 97 is concluded, the lightweight picture will have the clarity it needs. Since many champions go on to bigger ventures, vacant titles are quite common and this event will be no different. However, it becomes almost like a lightweight tournament considering the headliners are competing for the vacant LFA Lightweight belt, and the two athletes in the co-main event are very close to title contention.
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