With more than two weeks to go until the Kansas City Chiefs make their first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, another sports icon is attempting to take his place atop the city’s most beloved teams and athletes during the height of football’s offseason.
On Saturday evening, UFC middleweight contender Julian Marquez, a Kansas City native, won his latest fight by second-round technical submission against opponent Sam Alvey at UFC Vegas 23. However, after the bout, Marquez took to the microphone to issue a challenge to some unsuspecting Chiefs stars — Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomesand Tyreek Hill.
In traditional combat sports fashion, Marquez, now 9-2 in MMA action in his career, publically called out his next desired opponent during his postfight press conference. But instead of keeping it in the octagon, Marquez wants to settle the “Battle for Kansas City” with the three Chiefs stars in another athletic endeavor.