Julian Marquez
The Cuban Missile Crisis


Set for October return
August 1, 2021
Marquez (hand) is set to fight Jordan Wright on October 16, according to Mike Heck of MMAFighting.com.
Marquez was not expected to take the Octagon any time soon due to the prospect of a potential medical suspension, but all signs point toward him making a return in mid-October -- as it was expected with the suspension possibility. He won his previous bout, defeating Sam Alvey via submission in early April.
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Facing six-month medical suspension
April 13, 2021
Marquez will require clearance following a positive result on an X-ray on his right hand or he must sit out until Oct. 8, Alexander K. Lee of MMAFighting.com reports.
Marquez earned the victory over Sam Alvey via submission during Saturday's UFC on ABC 2 fight but didn't escape unscathed. Barring a doctor's note clearing him of what appears to be a broken right hand, Marquez won't take the Octagon again until early October at the soonest.
Submits Sam Alvey
April 10, 2021
Marquez defeated Sam Alvey via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:07 of Round 2 at UFC on ABC 2 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It goes in the books as Marquez's second submission victory in less than two months, but it should have been a knockout win had referee Mark Smith been doing his job and not allowed Alvey to absorb a couple dozen unanswered shots to the side of the head. As for Marquez, it was another strong effort. A win over Alvey means shockingly little here in 2021, but Marquez used his footwork and athleticism to make life miserable for the stationary Alvey. On the surface, Marquez doesn't appear to have the type of skill set to lead to a prolonged winning streak, but he has now won back-to-back fights in less than two months on the heels of a 953-day layoff. The fact he has even gotten to this point is impressive. Also of note is the fact he'll walk away with a $50,000 bonus after this matchup was awarded Fight of the Night honors.
Facing Alvey in April
March 11, 2021
Marquez will be taking on Sam Alvey in a Middleweight bout at the UFC event on April 10, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
Marquez will be coming off a victory in mid-February over Maki Pitolo. That was his first fight since July 6 of 2018. It ran his MMA record to 8-2. Marquez now will be fighting on much shorter notice with his next trip to the Octagon coming just two months apart.
Huge win following 953-day layoff
February 13, 2021
Marquez defeated Maki Pitolo via submission (anaconda choke) at 4:17 of Round 3 at UFC 258 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was Marquez's first fight since July 6, 2018, and his first win since December 16, 2017. For those keeping track, that's 953 days between fights for "The Cuban Missile Crisis." In addition to having one of the best nicknames in the sport, Marquez went out and put on quite a show in his return to action. It didn't start out well. Pitolo, known as a fellow brawler, shockingly controlled the first two rounds on the strength of his grappling. Yet things opened up for Marquez in Round 3 on the strength of his excellent cardio and some pinpoint striking. Marquez, known as a knockout artist himself, was eventually able to choke out Pitolo. It's a good thing he did because Marquez appeared to be about 40 seconds away from dropping a decision. Marquez has a terrific backstory and makes for a heck of an interview. Heck, he spent his post-fight interview with Joe Rogan asking Miley Cyrus to be his Valentine. How can you not love this guy? Hopefully he gets back in the Octagon in short order. In the meantime, he'll walk away with a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts.
Matching up with Pitolo in February
December 4, 2020
Marquez will fight Maki Pitolo in a middleweight bout during UFC 258 on Feb. 13, Farah Hannoun of USA Today reports.
Marquez hasn't been in the Octagon since July 2018 due to a pair of surgeries to address a torn lat muscle. The 30-year-old was scheduled to fight Saparbeg Safarov in late August before the bout was pushed back to November and eventually canceled. Meanwhile, Pitolo has lost two straight fights and is coming off a loss at the hands of Impa Kasanganay via unanimous decision in August.