Marquez is teammates at Syndicate MMA with Eric Spicely, who has already fought Di Chirico, but Marquez opted not to get any inside tips from his teammate.
“No, because Eric had has match coming up with Darren Stewart at the time. I didn’t really want to bug him, I wanted him to focus on his stuff. We sat there and talked to each other, I don’t worry about my opponent like that. I have coaches that will sit there and do all the investigations, I’m just here to fight. Don’t tell me ‘hey…lets do this, your opponent has this type of deal.’ To be honest, I don’t worry about what his strengths are…or his weaknesses. I worry about my strengths and better my weaknesses, because if I can’t beat myself…then neither can he,” says Marquez in an exclusive interview with Fightful’s James Lynch.
In order to pick up a second UFC victory, a confident Marquez knows that he will have to break Di Chirico.
“I’ve seen it and envisioned it in many different ways, where its a giant slugfest…this technical battle. I feel like I’m going to go in there and put combinations and my hands on him and he’s going to get frustrated a lot. (Then he will) try and shoot big looping shots at me, I’ll try to go for takedowns and I’ll just feel myself moving around the takedowns…getting up if I do get on the ground. I just feel like I’m gonna break him, I’m gonna physically break him and make him wanna quit,” says Marquez.
UFC Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale takes place on Friday, July 6 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with Brad Tavares and Israel Adesanya headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on the Paramount Network.