Before watching this match, I might have questioned the wisdom of putting Marcus Ares on the mat against Eli Black, technically the best grappler and temperamentally the loosest cannon at UCW. Sure, Marcus is bigger and carries a thicker load of muscle and hairier balls than a lot of other wrestlers, but Eli has kayoed and damn near put out of commission even bigger, tougher opponents. Even when pulling his punches, Eli can be deadly.
But Ares handles himself well against this lethal weapon. He may lack Eli's skill set and experience, but he doubles down on his grit and hunger for respect and gives the ex-champ a good fight, with a touch-and-go finish certain to set some fans back on their heels.