LAS VEGAS – For almost three years, Julian Marquez was absent from the UFC cage.
As he battled by means of a number of setbacks and accidents, Marquez (9-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) struggled mentally and bodily. When he returned in February, nevertheless, the lengthy highway proved to be the proper one as he defeated Maki Pitolo in a “Performance of the Night” bonus-earning win. He adopted it up with a “Fight of the Night” bonus-earning victory over Sam Alvey in April.
On Saturday at UFC Fight Night 195, he’ll search his third-straight bonus-earning victory when he battles rising Jackson Wink MMA middleweight Jordan Wright (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on the principle card.
“Man, I’m golden, dude,” Marquez informed MMA Junkie at a pre-fight information convention Wednesday. “I’m on top of the world feeling great, happy, satisfied. My life has changed. For 31 months, you guys didn’t hear nothing from me. There was nothing happening. I suffered that severe injury. It took a long time to get back and it was a very struggling, unsatisfying process. Very painful. But it’s all changing. It’s because of my team around me. It’s because of my family around me. It’s because of my will to want to succeed.”
UFC Fight Night 195 takes place Saturday on the UFC Apex. The card streams on ESPN+. Check out Marquez’s full UFC Fight Night 195 pre-fight information convention within the video above.