Julian Marquez will have his next celebrities in sight.
Three months after pop star Miley Cyrus garnered attention with a memorable Valentine’s Day post-fight appeal, Marquez used his interview time on Saturday to challenge the Kansas City NFL stars.
Marquez put veteran Sam Alvey to sleep with a round two choke on the main map of UFC Vegas 23, then went into full promo mode live on ABC.
“I’m entertainment you paid for, but ABC gave it to you for free,” Marquez said. “So now I have a call that I want to convey to everyone from Kansas City. You guys know I’m the baddest person in Kansas City. Coolest middleweight in Missouri and this one, now is my time.
“So Travis Kelsey, Patrick Mahomes, Tyric Hill, I’m challenging you guys to a badminton or pickleball competition. Right now if you guys want to know who is the champion in Kansas City. This gorgeous beard adorns anything you guys can bring with you. “
As with Cyrus, Marquez’s call did not go unheeded as the Chiefs players responded later in the evening via Twitter:
Chief Mahomes’ quarterback wrote, “It takes a couple of weeks, but I’m always ready for the challenge,” and Kelsey suggested, “We can handle ALL of this at Chicken N Pickle! LFG !!! “
Hill completed the three responses by simply adding, “I fell.”
Marquez’s own star is certainly on the rise since his second straight finish and third win in four UFC bouts, so we’ll see if he makes it to the badminton court against the Super Bowl LIV champions.