Julian Marquez is no stranger to shooting for the moon. After two rounds of getting out-pointed on the scorecards, the Cuban-American fighter went for broke and chased a finish against Maki Pitolo, landing an anaconda choke submission with less than one minute left in their UFC 258 fight last night (Feb. 13, 2021) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After, a giddy Marquez once again went big by calling out ... Miley Cyrus? For a date? Oh yeah, he did.
“I’ve been waiting 31 months to get on this damn mic, and to call these people out right now,” a hyped Marquez declared. “This is my time to shine. So Miley Cyrus, will you be my Valentine?”
Marquez’s UFC 258 walkout music was a Miley cover of Blondie’s “Heart of Glass” and “The Cuban Missile Crisis” sounds like a legit hardcore Cyrus fan.
“What’s not to be interested in her?” he said when asked about Miley during the post-fight press conference. “I’m 30 years old, I grew up watching Hannah Montana, ‘Party in the USA.’ We’re sitting here and loving it. She came out with ‘23,’ with Three 6, I’ve been to her concerts many times. She came out with ‘Wrecking Ball,’ I made a big come up after that song, I actually walked out to that song for the Phil Hawes fight. Every time I walk out to Miley, she does something to me to figure out how to win.”
“She’s ... my love. I love that woman.”
As for whether he thought his call out would work?
“Oh, like 100 percent — have you seen me?” he said with a laugh. “Have you not seen this beautiful beard and this gorgeous smile and these pretty eyes? She’s about to make a song out of me.”
And Marquez was right ...
Shave an MC into your chest hair and I am YOURS ❤️ Happy VDay and Congrats my love!— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) February 14, 2021
“Shave an MC into your chest hair and I am YOURS,” Miley wrote shortly after the event. “Happy VDay and Congrats my love!”
And the crowd goes wild!
What a night for Marquez. A come from behind win, a Valentine’s Day wish come true, and a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus. It doesn’t get much better than that.
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