UFC middleweight Julian Marquez made local and national headlines last week when he cut a WWE-style promo after winning his matchup against Sam Alvey by way of submission in the second round.
In the post-fight conversation, the Kansas City native called out Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill — challenging them to pickleball or badminton. Mahomes, who is recovering from offseason turf toe surgery, tweeted he needed a couple of weeks.
TMZ provided some new context on Wednesday, having more recently spoken to Marquez.
“I’ve actually been talking to Travis Kelce, he’s 100% down,” Marquez told TMZ. “The Kansas City Chiefs are 100% down. The local Kansas City fans are 100% down, and that’s all we need. We just gotta figure out the right times for us all.”
Marquez added that he wants to wait for Mahomes to make a full recovery so he does not have an “excuse,” and he believes Kelce should provide the greatest on-court challenge of Chiefs’ dynamic trio.
“There would be a lot of trash-talking, a lot of jokes. Maybe a couple dances. We’ll probably TikTok it out, but I’m just saying, I hope he comes with that same energy he brings on the field.”