Randa Markos
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Meeting Dern at UFC 253
July 9, 2020
Markos (10-8-1) is slated to face Mackenzie Dern (8-1-0) in a strawweight fight Sept. 19 at UFC 253, Steven Marrocco and Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com report.
A location has yet to be set for UFC 253, though the event is expected to take place in Las Vegas. Since joining the promotion over six years ago following her appearance on "The Ultimate Fighter 20," Markos has yet to establish a winning streak, alternating wins and losses and mixing in a draw to bring her UFC record to 6-6-1.
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No-shows loss in Brasilia
March 14, 2020
Markos lost to Amanda Ribas via unanimous decision (26-30, 25-30, 25-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil.
The most remarkable streak in MMA continues. Outside of a draw against Marina Rodriguez in September 2018, Markos has now alternated wins and losses in her last 17 fights dating back to October 2013. It's a mind-boggling number and one that is difficult to believe. In essence, Markos is the very definition of a .500 fighter. Saturday was clearly one of her worst efforts to date. Markos never had a prayer against a bigger, more physical opponent in Ribas. She was pinned to the mat for long stretches at a time and got nothing going offensively. Obviously, this win one, lose one routine isn't going to cut it moving forward. On the bright side, Markos should be in line for a victory her next time out. When that actually is, remains to be seen.
Booked for UFC Brasilia
January 23, 2020
Markos will take on Amanda Ribas in a strawweight matchup at UFC Brasilia on March 14.
Markos delivered an impressive performance in October when she defeated Ashley Yoder via split decision at UFC Singapore, and she'll get the chance to remain in the win column against Ribas. Markos will fight on short notice in place of Paige VanZant (arm), who apparently won't be ready to return to the Octagon. Ribas is a talented fighter coming off back-to-back wins, most recently defeating Mackenzie Dern via unanimous decision at UFC Tampa in October. The two fighters are even in height, but Ribas has an advantage in reach.
Displays improved standup striking
October 27, 2019
Markos defeated Ashley Yoder via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Singapore.
Markos does not really have the reputation of a standup striker, but she had the edge there in this fight and used it. She outlanded Yoder 78 to 44 overall on significant strikes. At distance, she was perhaps even more dominant. In that position, she had the edge 42 to 24. Yoder was able to land a pair of takedowns, but Markos always survived and continued to fight on. This was an impressive performance from Markos, and she is now 6-6-1 in the UFC.
Joins Singapore card
September 26, 2019
Markos will serve as a replacement and fight Ashley Yoder in a strawweight bout at UFC Singapore on Oct. 26, MMA Junkie reports.
The veteran fighter will join the Singapore card on short notice, and will enter the octagon having gone 1-1-1 in her last three trips. She most recently loss to Claudie Gadelha via unanimous decision at UFC 239, while her opponent, Yoder, is riding high on a two-fight winning streak.
Drops decision to Claudia Gadelha
July 6, 2019
Markos lost to Claudia Gadelha via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC 239 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Gift wrapped a prime opportunity to move up the rankings against a former title challenger, Markos stood around and did absolutely nothing over the course of the 15-minute bout. In her defense, Gadelha didn't accomplish a whole heck of a lot, either. It was a particularly dreadful performance from Markos on the heels of her impressive submission win over Angela Hill in March. Now 5-6 (1NC) in her first 12 UFC bouts, Markos is the very definition of roster depth in the 115-pound women's division.