Martinez replaces Horiguchi, steps in to face Cariaso at UFC 169

Danny Martinez vs David Grant
The TUF 18 competitor will make his official Octagon debut on Feb 1 in New Jersey.
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A training injury has forced Kyoji Horiguchi out of his scheduled bout at UFC 169 against fellow flyweight Chris Cariaso. In his place steps former Ultimate Fighter 18 hopeful Danny Martinez, who accepts the bout on just over two weeks' notice until fight time.

UFC officials confirmed the change on Wednesday.

Danny Martinez (16-4) will make his UFC debut when he steps up to face Cariaso on Feb 1. A veteran of several regional promotions as well as a brief stint in the WEC where he took on Joseph Benavidez, Martinez enters the Octagon on a three-fight win streak.

Martinez was part of the Ultimate Fighter season 18, but lost in his elimination round bout against eventual finalist Davey Grant by submission.

Now, the 20-fight veteran will look for redemption when he steps up and steps in to face Cariaso at UFC 169 in Newark, New Jersey.

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