Episode 1 The Hurting Game 16 up-and-coming middleweights and 16 light heavyweights face off in a day of elimination fights, hoping to secure a spot in the competition.
MMAjunkie Staff May 2, Trailing in the competition, coach Stipe Miocic believes Martinez Jr. Coach Daniel Cormier says Pena shared some reluctance to the coaching staff over the matchup with Martinez Jr.
However, Pena believes he can overcome that and impose his will. The second lightweight quarterfinal matchup of the season is now set.
A tense staredown follows. The next day, Pena and Martinez Jr.
They finalize preparation with their teams in the locker room before walking to the octagon for the third overall fight of the season. Pena begins to throw a kicks in volume as Martinez Jr. Pena goes back to the front kicks and Martinez Jr. Pena is keeping the pressure on with his hand and punch combinations.
He nearly lands a big head kick, but Martinez Jr. Pena pulls off a hip toss and attempts to transition into mount, but Martinez Jr.
Pena breaks but comes at his opponent with a dynamic offensive onslaught. He keeps himself in it by fighting back into the clinch against the fence, but Pena manages to take control and escape.
Pena is battering Martinez Jr.
It quickly turns into a firefight, but Pena is keeping composed and out of serious danger. Pena begins to pick his shots, mixing in jabs with superman punches and kicks.
Pena is in his zone, but Martinez Jr. Pena overcommits on a punch and eats a hard combination. Pena throws the flying knee again, but misses. He switches to the muay-Thai clinch before breaking free. Pena continues to pick Martinez Jr.
Pena continues to put his creative striking on display until the final bell sounds, even taunting Martinez Jr. He showed why he has the confidence that he does.
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