LAS VEGAS – The winner of Contender Series 48, despite the fact that he did not compete, was Francis Marshall.
At UFC Apex on Tuesday, Marshall (6-0) wowed White with his hitting and grappling abilities.
All five of the UFC champions were signed by White. Marshall was worried he would be left out of the fray because he was the only one who had made it this far.
At the post-fight press conference following DWCS 48 on Tuesday, Marshall expressed worry. The fact that I didn’t finish makes me nervous. There are still four racers to go. Myself alone. Nevertheless, I feel that the entire performance spoke for itself, and he recognized what may happen.
After tripping Matthews, Marshall came dangerously close to a stoppage victory. There was no more play for the 23-year-old.
A higher result was expected, but Marshall stated he was confident after the first three rounds that his tank was still full. “I was pleased with my performance,” he said.