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

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 11, 2021

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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.

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