11 Feb - 
Jonathan Martinez explains source of interview nerves after UFC 234 win

MELBOURNE, Australia – Jonathan Martinez makes no secret about his shy personality, which was on display during his post-fight interview with Jon Anik after his victory at UFC 234.

Except for when he’s fighting, Martinez (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) doesn’t like being exposed to the outside world. It’s not just the cameras or the microphones, though. He explained post-fight that it’s much more than that.

“When we go out to eat someone else has to order my food because I’m nervous,” Martinez said after UFC 234. “I get nervous.”

Where do those nerves come from? Martinez said it stems back to his childhood.

“I used to get picked on when I was little and they’d make fun of me when I talked,” Martinez said. “So I’d rather not. I stay quiet and stuff.”

UFC 234 took place at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. Martinez defeated Wuliji Buren (9-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) by unanimous decision in their bantamweight bout, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass prior to televised prelims on ESPN and the pay-per-view main card at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Martinez said he was “more nervous about interviews than fighting” leading up to his sophomore octagon appearance at UFC 234. Fortunately for him, he’s able to push those nerves away when the cage door closes.

After dropping a decision to Andre Soukhamthath in his promotional debut at UFC fight Nigh 138 in October, Martinez was able to bounce back with the decision over Buren. With the win, he now feels at home on the sport’s biggest stage.

“Now I feel like I belong in the UFC,” Martinez said. “My first fight, it’s like, ‘Hey, are you in the UFC?’ To me: not yet. Not until you get your first win in the UFC.”

For complete coverage of UFC 234, check out the UFC Events section of the site.