Billed as "Rumble at the Rock," the event is the brainchild of Kevin Wynne, an ex-vice president of sports and consumer sales at Madison Square Garden, who started the Action Fight League.
With the backing of the Seminole Indians, Wynne is banking the IFC will draw enough customers to take his shows to other Seminole-owned Hard Rock properties around the nation.
"We are look to run an event here in South Florida every eight to ten weeks," he says. "Hopefully we can expand into Tampa and Louisiana. Florida is a hotbed for MMA talent. Our model is to take that local talent and showcase them."
In addition to Martinez's debut, Rumble at the Rock will feature Rodrigo "Baga" Ramos, owner of the Davie-based American Top Team gym, and an International Sport Karate Association middleweight title bout between Danny Babcock and Crafton Wallace.
Tickets cost $25, $45, and $100.
Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.