Eight welterweight contestants will appear in week two of the PFL Challenger Series, including Mark Martin. Legacy Fighting Alliance veteran Martin (7-1) is in contention for a spot in the Professional Fighters League regular season, where he could join many MMA Lab teammates. The 28-year-old is scheduled to face Dilano Taylor on February 25 and will enter the cage on a six-fight win streak. Ahead of his fight, the former Ohio State University wrestler debated the origin of his “Showtime” moniker, which he said had nothing to do with MMA’s most famous wielder of that hold, Anthony Pettis.
“Most people think I gave myself that name, but I really didn’t,” Martin said. “It was a nickname given to me back then [my] first year of study [of] secondary school. That was before Pettis, before I even knew who he was back then, so it’s just kind of a coincidence. I was a freshman in high school, and I think I’ve always had this pride about myself. One of the older kids on my wrestling team gave me that nickname, “Showtime,” and it stuck. Everyone started calling me that.”
Martin also spoke about training with 185-pound Ultimate Fighting Championship contender Jared Cannonier, explaining how he got to training in Arizona, talking about his expectations for the Challenger Series and more.
(01:03) Training at the MMA Lab
(01:59) College memories
(02:50) Decision to become a professional fighter
(03:45) He chose MMA Lab as his training camp
(05:17) The origin of his nickname
(06:17) His training camp for Taylor
(07:00) Commentary on Jared Cannonier’s win over Derek Brunson
(08:02) Training with gunner
(09:06) Studying Taylor
(09:50) His expectations for the Challenger Series
(11:02) Watched PFL in recent years
(12:06) His message for Taylor
(13:01) His walkout song
Tudor Leonte began writing about mixed martial arts for Italian media in 2013. His journey with Sherdog began in 2018 and he now covers One Championship and countless European shows. You can follow him on Twitter @Mr. Tudor Leonte.
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