DENVER, CO - While the Main Event of ROF 38: ASCENSION features a women's bout for the first time in promotion history, the under card has two other women's bouts as well. The sometimes daunting task of starting the Feature Bout portion of the event has been given to the ladies, as Kate Martinez faces Celestina Cano at 115lbs.
Kate Martinez started out competitively as an amateur kickboxer, which eventually lead to her winning the IKF Amateur World title in the summer of 2007. While competing in kickboxing she was still a student of the ground game. Continually putting the mat time in with her husband and coach Adam Martinez. Martinez runs a Royce Gracie affiliate school in Loveland, Colorado. This combination of skills and her competitive streak led her to MMA, and she debuted on Ring Of Fire in late 2007.
After accomplishing two of her goals, to get a title in kickboxing and to compete in MMA, Kate temporarily put her fighting career on hold so she could focus on running her business with her husband. But a once in a lifetime chance to travel to Japan made her get back in the gym. In 2008, Martinez was offered a fight with Yuka Tsuji, who at the time of their fight had an incredible record of 21 wins with only 1 loss. Martinez had always dreamed of travelling and fighting in Japan and this was her shot. She ended up losing the match but gained a life long experience. Kate then returned her focus to Brazilian Jiujitsu. Her hard work has paid off as she was recently promoted to purple belt by Royce Gracie himself. She now has her sights set on a return to the ROF cage on June 5th. Her opponent, Celestina Cano has a boxing and kickboxing background and trains out of Extreme Karate in Plainview, TX. Style wise this could be a stand up battle, but Kate hopes to use her experience to control the action where ever it may be. Kate has spent the last years honing her skill set, acquiring titles and accomplishing her goals. Her next goal will be to have her hand raised in victory at ROF 38.
NAME: Kate Martinez
HOMETOWN: Loveland, CO
TEAM: Infinite MMA, Team Royce Gracie
COACH: Adam Martinez
TITLES/RANK: IKF World Champion 07', Purple Belt under Royce Gracie
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN MMA: Started with traditional martial arts, moved into kickboxing and Gracie jiu-jitsu, then in 2007 I got the urge to put them all together!
TYPICAL TRAINING DAY: A.M: 1 hour Jiu-Jitsu technique, 1 hour rolling, 2 mile run. P.M: 1 hour Jiu-Jitsu technique, 1 hour mitts, 30 minutes sparring.
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Instructor at IMMAA
THOUGHTS ON OPPONENT:
I don't know much about her other than that she has a kickboxing background. I try not to spend much time thinking about my opponent; I just make sure I am working my hardest to be prepared for anything.
KEY TO VICTORY: hard work.
GOALS IN MMA: to do my personal best!!
FAVORITE STAND UP TECHNIQUE: round kick
FAVORITE SUBMISSION TECHNIQUE: topside triangle
FAVORITE FIGHTER: Anderson Silva
FAVORITE FOOD: Sushi
FAVORITE MUSIC: Tool, Deftones, NIN
FAVORITE ACTOR: Bill Murray
FAVORITE MOVIE: Kill Bill
HOBBIES: Aside from training, I love to get outdoors with my family!!
IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON (LIVING OR DEAD) WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY: Helio Gracie. I would like to thank him.
PERSONAL MOTTO: I love the quote "The ultimate human freedom is the ability to choose one's attitude in any circumstance." - V. Frank
MESSAGE TO FANS:
Thank you to everyone who has supported me. The last two years have been very trying between surgeries and obligations, but on June 5th I am coming out to put on an "Fight of the night" performance!!!
All I have to say about this pic is WOW!!!!!
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