UFC's Julian Marquez Wants Chiefs' Mahomes, Kelce, Hill in Badminton, Pickleball

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 11, 2021

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 10: Julian Marquez has his hands wrapped prior to his fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)
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UFC middleweight fighter and Kansas City native Julian Marquez defeated Sam Alvey via a rear-naked choke in the second round of their UFC on ABC fight Saturday.

During his post-fight interview, Marquez then challenged Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill to a game of badminton or pickleball:

ESPN MMA @espnmma

You heard the man.@JMarquezMMA wants @tkelce, @PatrickMahomes, @cheetah in badminton or pickleball 😅 #UFCVegas23 pic.twitter.com/uHckuS7hgi

The pickleball challenge has apparently been granted, with all three Kansas City players responding to it on Twitter. Kelce even suggested heading to the local Chicken N Pickle.

ESPN MMA @espnmma

Once again, Julian Marquez's unconventional post-fight callout hit the mark 🎯<br><br>This time, he's got himself a pickleball battle with three of the NFL's best 😂 pic.twitter.com/m9bwbvNmvP

It was a great day for Marquez, who won his fight, set up a pickleball date with a trio of NFL stars and pocketed $50,000 thanks to a Fight of the Night bonus.

UFC @ufc

PUT HIM TO SLEEP 😴@JMarquezMMA was relentless in RD 2! <br><br>[ #UFCVegas23 | LIVE on @ABCNetwork &amp; #ESPNPlus ] pic.twitter.com/Ug1AiWpYR7

Julian marquez @JMarquezMMA

Back to back bonuses! Let’s go! https://t.co/DSKIPLDTyi

The 30-year-old Marquez moved to 9-2 for his professional MMA career with the win.