Randa Markos
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Facing Luana Pinheiro in March
January 19, 2021
Markos will take on Luana Pinheiro on March 27, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
Markos will be looking to bounce back from a poor 2020 which saw her lose all three of her matches. Her most recent defeat came by unanimous decision against Kanako Murata in November. In Pinheiro, she'll face an opponent who's lost just once in nine professional fights but who has yet to appear under the UFC banner.
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Overwhelmed by Kanako Murata
November 14, 2020
Markos lost to Kanako Murata via unanimous decision (27-30, 27-30, 27-30) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It was Markos' third straight defeat and her fourth in her past five bouts. Facing a legitimate prospect with an excellent grappling game, Markos was overwhelmed from the very start. Her takedown defense was poor and her offensive game was non existent. Markos' inability to generate consistent offense has always been her biggest issue and it has gotten no better over the years. She doesn't have a single knockout victory in her professional career. Markos has been with the UFC for nearly five years but it's fair to wonder if this is the end of the line. She turned 35 years of age this past August and it's difficult to see things getting any better if the company continues to run her out there.
Steps in against Kanako Murata
November 5, 2020
Markos (elbow) will take on Kanako Murata on Nov. 14, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
Markos was hit with a six-month medical suspension due to a left elbow injury in her loss to Mackenzie Dern in September, though those suspensions always come with the caveat that they can be ended early with clearance from a doctor, which has evidently happened here. The loss was her second in a row. She'll step in on short notice against Murata, who will be making her UFC debut.
Possible elbow injury
September 22, 2020
Markos is looking at a potential six-month medical suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission pending medical clearance of a possible left elbow injury, Damon Martin of MMAFighting.com reports.
Markos didn't last particularly long in Saturday's matchup with one of the division's best jiu-jitsu practitioners, but the damage may still have lasting consequences. She'll have to sit until Oct. 20 at a minimum, and could be facing a layoff that extends until next spring if she doesn't receive medical clearance earlier.
Quickly taps to Mackenzie Dern
September 19, 2020
Markos lost to Mackenzie Dern via submission (armbar) at 3:44 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Just like that, one of the most baffling statistics in UFC history is out the window. Markos had alternated wins and losses in her first 13 decisions with the company prior to Saturday. That all came to an end when Dern nearly ripped her arm off early in this one. Markos was certainly well aware she wouldn't be able to compete with Dern in a ground battle, but she was unable to keep this fight standing, and it was academic from there. Markos has been with the UFC for nearly six years, but she turned 35 years of age last month and doesn't have a single knockout win in her career. There's not much to be excited about here moving forward.
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.