Suffice to say that Marquez did not lock himself in his room, did not pull the blinds and refused to be associated with anything concerning MMA. In fact, he took the opposite route, throwing himself into sport and its culture in every possible way.
“Look, this is who I am, this is where I want to be,” he said. “I have not moved from my lovely home in Kansas City where my whole family is, the place that is the heart of my heart, I have not left this area to come here just to be average. I came here to do what I have to do. I want to participate. I do everything I can to make sure that when life is over, I will have something that will always stay with the fight. ”
Perhaps it was this enthusiasm, dedication and willingness to stay in the public eye while he was away that made his fan base grow. In other words, they want to know when Marquez returns and has more to do with him than his six knockout victories, the arrival of Phil Hawes in the first season of the Contender series and the Fight of the Night win over Darren Stewart. when he started at UFC in 2017.
“I think my personality and who I am and what I do to keep myself in mind is what keeps me alive in the eyes of the fans,” said Marquez, who is also respected and appreciated by his peers for his hospitality when they come to Vegas to use the UFC Performance Institute.
And although his return is pending for the moment, it’s not his fault, so as he remains active in all possible ways in the current climate, Marquez fans can at least console himself in his response to the question of her coming back.
“I have received the green light and I am waiting for an appointment.”
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