Julian Marquez
The Cuban Missile Crisis
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 4/1/2019
Still rehabbing shoulder
MiddleweightUFC
Out
August 26, 2018
Marquez continues to rehab from July 31 shoulder surgery and does not currently have a timeline for return, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's likely too early to determine an accurate return date for Marquez, who is recovering from a procedure to reconstruct the latissimus dorsi tendon in his right shoulder. When he does return, several question marks remain. He last lost a decision to Alessio Di Chirico via a controversial split decision, but he also missed weight for that matchup. It's unclear how the recovery process might affect future weight cuts, but at 28 years old, there is plenty of prime athletic years left for Marquez to get his career back on track.
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Drops split decision against Alessio Di Chirico at the TUF 27 Finale
MiddleweightUFC
Out
July 6, 2018
Marquez lost to Alessio Di Chirico via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28) at the TUF 27 Finale on Friday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
Marquez probably had a lot of issues with this decision. While Di Chirico landed more strikes, Marquez certainly landed the harder strikes in this contest. He came close to dropping his opponent on multiple occasions, but Di Chirico hung in there. Marquez should also be commended for his ability to get back up. Di Chirico landed multiple takedowns, but Marquez never allowed him to establish position on the floor.
Misses weight, fight still on
MiddleweightUFC
Out
July 5, 2018
Marquez was four pounds over the weight restriction ahead of this weekend's fight against Alessio DiChirico, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The fight remains on the card, but Marquez will be forced to give up 30 percent of his purse. The 28-year-old picked up a submission win over Darren Stewart in his UFC debut back in December and will look to build on that in a matchup with DiChirico, who currently owns a 2-2 record in the UFC and is coming off a knockout win over Oluwale Bamgbose.
Added to TUF 27 Finale card
MiddleweightUFC
Out
May 2, 2018
Marquez will take on Alessio DiChirico in a middleweight matchup at the TUF 27 Finale card July 6 in Las Vegas, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
ANALYSIS
Marquez earned his UFC contract with a head kick KO on Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series, and followed it up with a submission victory over Darren Stewart in his official UFC debut. Now looking to continue making a splash in the division, Marquez will draw a 28-year-old Italian fighter that is 2-2 in four UFC bouts. All seven of Marquez's professional victories have been earned via stoppage, and the only time he let it go to the judges was a loss to Chris Harris at Bellator 150.
Takes out Darren Stewart in UFC debut Saturday
MiddleweightUFC
Out
December 16, 2017
Marquez defeated Darren Stewart via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:42 of Round 2 at UFC on FOX 26 on Saturday in Winnipeg.
ANALYSIS
It wasn't easy for Marquez but it was entertaining as all heck. Making his official UFC debut after being signed off the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series this summer, Marquez got better as the fight progressed and Stewart tired. The fact he allowed Stewart to connect on four of six takedown attempts is concerning moving forward, but it was a nice effort from Marquez in his company debut in a big spot. The 27-year-old is worth keeping an eye on moving forward. Marquez and Stewart earned $50,000 Fight of the Night bonuses for their efforts.
To take on Darren Stewart in Winnipeg
MiddleweightUFC
Out
December 6, 2017
Marquez will now face off against Darren Stewart at UFC on FOX 26 on December 16 in Winnipeg, Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Marquez was initially supposed to fight Vitor Miranda, but "Lex Luthor" withdrew from the bout due to family reasons and a lack of focus on the upcoming matchup. Stewart enters having recently lost to Karl Roberson via submission (rear-naked choke) in November, and will be making his fourth appearance in promotion after signing just over a year ago. Overall, he is 1-2 with the lone win coming in his debut against Francimar Barroso in Brazil.