Lucas Martins released from UFC following a win
<p>The UFC has decided not to renew Lucas Martins’ contract despite the fact he is coming off of a win.</p>
<p>In April, Martins entered a bout against Robert Whiteford at UFC Zagreb coming off of back-to-back losses and won via split-decision, extending his UFC record to 4-3. That fight was the last on his contract and, despite getting back in the win column, the UFC wasn’t interested re-signing him.</p>
<p>Martins entered the UFC in 2013 when he accepted a short-notice bout against Edson Barboza, who he lost to via first-round TKO. The highlight of Martins’ UFC run was between 2013 and 2014 when he won three straight fights all by way of stoppage.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.mmafighting.com/2016/5/19/11715702/ufc-parts-ways-with-lucas-martins-despite-recent-win-over-robert">Martins spoke with MMAFighting</a> about the UFC’s decision not to renew his contract, saying that the UFC told his manager the division was crowded and that they would re-sign him after a couple impressive wins in local promotions.</p>
<p>"My manager [Diego] Lima was talking to the UFC, and said that the division is full," Martins told MMAFighting. "Even though I was coming off a win, my contract is over and they told me to get a couple more wins outside the UFC, two nice knockouts, and they would definitely sign me again.”</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.