ABU DHABI – Jonathan Martinez beat Thomas Almeida with a unanimous decision Saturday to open up the main card at UFC on ESPN+ 38 in Abu Dhabi.

Take a look inside the fight with Martinez, who spoiled Almeida’s return after a layoff of nearly three years.

Martinez on the fight’s key moment

“I started seeing how he was throwing just hooks: straight hook, straight hook. I knew I was going to be a lot faster than him, and I’ve seen a couple of his fights, so I just started throwing my jab more and more.”

Martinez on beating someone he looked up to

“It was pretty fun. On my Instagram in 2015, I put, ‘Almeida is going to be a world champion one day,’ and I fought him – so it’s pretty good. … I’m a big fan of Almeida. (I) took this fight. My coaches believed in me, so I just went in there and had to get my job done. I’m happy.”

Martinez on what he wants next