Terry Martin trading in his MMA gloves for boxing gloves

UFC fighter Terry Martin will make his professional boxing debut on Saturday night in Villa Park, Illinois according to the Chicago Sun-Times:

‘‘Boxing was my first love,’’ Martin said. ‘‘I started in mixed martial arts after wrestling in college at Northern Illinois University.

‘‘It was a logical progression, but I’ve always had boxing in the back of my mind to get back to. Now’s a good time to get back to boxing, my training and sparring have been very good and I have no problem making weight. At this point I’m more excited about boxing than I am in MMA.’’

Martin will be fighting at 190 lbs. against Ricardo Upchurch, who is 0-1 according to any semblance of a record that I could find online. Apparently Martin has trouble making 185 lbs. in the UFC so fighting at 190 lbs. should be right up his alley. If anyone is in the Villa Park, IL area and has a chance to catch this fight this weekend, be sure to report back and let us know how things went for Martin in his pro debut.

HT: Bloody Elbow

12 COMMENTS
  • matt says:

    sure he can box, but anderson silva can’t

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  • TomK says:

    Not to bad mouth a fighter who is in far better shape than me, but maybe Martin wouldn’t have had such a tough time cutting to 185 if he wasn’t so… um… doughy?

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  • RT says:

    Update [2008-4-10 20:17:2 by Luke Thomas]:: Terry is not leaving MMA. He’s just on temporary hiatus. An update from Terry’s grappling coach sent to this writer:
    I have been the grappling/MMA coach for Terry Martin for the last 2 and a half years. Terry wants everybody to know that he is training full time in MMA getting ready for his May 17th fight in Newcastle England against THE CROW and that boxing is only a way for him to stay active .His goal is to win a few fights outside the UFC and return to compete for the 185 lb title.

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  • Rich S. says:

    DAVID LOISEAU??

    yessssss…

    one of my fav.’s..

    GOOO CROWWW..

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  • Zane says:

    did they release him from his contract?

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  • Adam Morgan says:

    Zane-

    Probably the same kind of deal they cut with Melvin Guillard.

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  • Fight Fan says:

    Terry who?
    Oh Terry who cares.

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  • Michael says:

    I live in Villa Park – Crazy! What a small world…

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  • AG Silver says:

    I was looking for results on the Terry Martin fight and only managed to find the official weights at weigh in:

    Terry Martin, 200 vs. Ricardo Upchurch, 197, four rounds

    So much for 190 lbs. lol

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  • AG Silver says:

    For those who care (I may be the only one):

    According to Jim Murphy’s blog on thesavagescience.com, Terry Martin won by TKO in the 1st round over Richard Upchurch.

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  • Rich S. says:

    noice!

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  • Shaun says:

    good move on terry’ part. overall he’s got a good mma record, but is more of a boxer even looks and sound like tyson. but came off boring decision loss to eastman and 3rd round knockout to leben.

    plus no one’s stopping anderson anytime soon, especially not martin.

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