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Meet 'Super' Mely, the Undefeated Mexican That Will Debut at UFC 279

Melissa Martinez will bring her flashy kicks to the world's most famous octagon.

A new Mexican talent will make its debut in the world's most famous octagon.

Undefeated Melissa "Super Mely" Martinez (7-0) will make her debut this Saturday against California's Elise Reed in the prelims of UFC 279, to be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. We will finally see one of the most promising up-and-coming fighters enter the octagon.

The 24-year-old Mexican will showcase her style at the highest level, opening a renowned card, where fan favorite Nate Diaz will perhaps, possibly take on somebody (or nobody?). 

Always Spectacular

Growing up in a family of martial artists, with her parents practicing high-level karate and her brother David also being a pro fighter, Martinez has been successful in different disciplines of combat sports, where she has won multiple international medals in kickboxing, Muay Thai, karate, and K-1.

Since her pro-MMA debut, "Super Mely" has displayed a dynamic style, always bouncing on the balls of her feet, moving from side to side and attacking with spectacular kicks. Don't let her smile fool you, Martinez is a beast in the cage.

At just 19 years old, Martinez introduced herself to the world with a highlight reel knockout in June 2017, in a fight held in Tijuana. Followed by a low kick and a right hand to the face, "Super Mely" unleashed a powerful kick to her opponent's face, knocking her lights out in an instant. I was present at that fight, and I can tell you that the sound produced by the kick was a real thunder that froze the stands.

From that moment on, you knew Martinez had something special, and in her next few fights, she dominated the opposition, proving that she was on another level and that it was only a matter of time before she made it to the UFC octagon, her dream.

“Super Mely” Can Do It All

Being a full-time professional fighter requires a huge commitment. Training for hours multiple times during the day, nutrition, studying opponents, lifting weights, working the mind, and recovering, are just a few of the aspects that fighters deal with every day.

While doing all that, the Mexico City native studied for a degree in food chemistry at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), while earning good grades.

Although she hasn't competed in MMA since 2019, focusing on her studies and kickboxing, where she became a world champion and World Games Athlete of the Year contender, Martinez couldn't turn down an offer from the UFC to finally make her promotional debut.

Martinez vs. Reed: How Do They Stack Up?

Martinez vs Reed

The matchmaking of the bout is clearly intended to feature two dynamic strikers who can light up the crowd in the prelims. The style and background of both fighters promise speed, kicks, and lots of action.

Elise Reed, an active member of the military, began practicing Taekwondo at the age of six and then transitioned to kickboxing at 15, where she competed at the amateur level. The California native owns two of her five wins by (T)KO.

Martinez is known for her kicks that can land from any angle. Her background in karate and kickboxing will provide a high-tempo fight with plenty of movement.

Expect a good fight between two natural strikers. Martinez will be looking to maintain her undefeated record and earn her first UFC win, while Reed will be trying to snap out of a losing streak, going 1-2 in her last three fights.