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Overtime Heroics Nation Week: UFC Middleweight Jack Marshman

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Hello and welcome to the second Overtime Heroics Nation Week! This week, we are looking into the fighting nation of Wales. This piece will feature current UFC middleweight and Welsh MMA star, Jack Marshman. A polished martial artist holding a record of 23-9, Marshman has participated in a variety of promotions, including the UFC, Cage Warriors, and BAMMA. Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s dive into his career.

The Beginning

At an early age, Marshman was introduced to MMA and never looked back. The then-young Welshman trained  heavily in the gym and was getting set for professional bouts. He began in the European circuit and climbed his way up to competing in Cage Warriors. Cage Warriors have been known to represent an impressive handful of UFC fighters. The most notable include Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping, and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Pretty soon, the proven path to the UFC would represent Marshman in their own middleweight division. At Cage Warriors 77, he faced off against Christopher Jacquelin for the belt. The Welsh martial artist started off the fight in dominating fashion, attacking the body to set up the devastating blow at the end of round one. With just two seconds left in the opening frame, Marshman landed a right hook which ultimately finished the fight and earned him the middleweight title. “This is the fittest and sharpest I’ve ever been”, said Marshman. “I knew it was coming, but it feels so good when it comes.”


Road to the Big Stage

Shortly after winning the Cage Warriors title, Marshman became the first ever Welsh MMA fighter to earn a spot in the UFC. In doing so, Jack faced Magnus Cedenblad in his UFC debut back in November of 2016. Picking up where he left off overseas, Marshman sure didn’t lose any momentum. Entering against Magus, Jack finished the Sweden middleweight in round two via TKO. The fighter from Wales was sure to be proud of this unforgettable milestone in his life and career. 

Moving to more recent times, Marshman faced John Phillips at UFC Fight Night Till vs Masvidal. The bout proceeded at catchweight, due to the fact that Jack weighed in two pounds over the limit. Come fight night, however, Marshman was victorious via split decision over the opposing Wales fighter. Switching over from March of 2019 to July of 2019, Jack faced the undefeated Edmen Shahbazyan (11-0). Coming into UFC 244: Masvidal vs Diaz, Marshman was an even 3-3 in his UFC career. And, faced what might have been his biggest competition to date. The Welsh ended up losing to Edmen via submission in round one of the fight. For his UFC career, Marshman is sure going to be looking for an opportunity to redeem himself inside the octagon.

Current MMA Carrer

Jack Marshman, as of right now, does not have a bout lined up. That, however, probably won’t stay true later in the year. The UFC, despite the concerns of the coronavirus, continues to schedule bouts in the mass of fight cards. Marshman just may be on the list of UFC matchmakers if the demand is there. The success has followed Marshman’s career in a mix of heavily-known MMA promotions. He will look to further and revamp that success in the UFC in the coming years.

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