Martins vs. Ruiz III set for BW title at AFL 19

A hotly anticipated rubber match will go down at AFL 19 as Brazil’s Thiago Martins (18-10) faces Spain’s Zebenzui Ruiz (7-2) and to make things even more interesting the vacant bantamweight title will be on the line.

Martins scored a submission win over Ruiz in early 2016 then later that year Ruiz scored a decision win over Martins in the rematch. At one a piece they will finally settle the score at AFL 19 on March 30 in Gran Canaria, Spain.

As a grappling based fighter competing professionally since 2005, Martins has secured most of his 18 wins via submission but also has a first round KO win over top Spanish fighter Marc Gomez Sariol.

Ruiz turned professional in 2014 and is a native of Gran Canaria. The 25-year-old has proven himself as a very well rounded fighter with wins coming via TKO, submission, and decision. His last loss came against Martins and is on a four fight win streak since then.

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Flyweight Title
Champion Raymison Bruno (11-1) vs. Kevin Cordero (7-2)

Vacant Super Lightweight Title
Dragan Pesic (17-16) vs. Lionel Padilla (5-1)

Vacant Bantamweight Title
Thiago Martins (18-10) vs. Zebenzui Ruiz (7-2)

Featherweight: Alberth Dias (4-1) vs. Jose Sanchez (6-0)
Women’s 50kg: Rita Marrero (1-1-2) vs. Elisabeth Rodriguis (2-2)

Alan Murphy

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