Canada’s Randa Markos is always in search of a fight. So when the opportunity opened up in a matchup against Amanda Ribas, she got the call. Unfortunately, it’s back in Brazil where things didn’t go as planned last time.
Markos has been competing in the UFC since December 2014 when she entered as part of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 20. This season introduced the division as well as crowned the inaugural champion.
Since then, she’s accumulated a UFC record of 6-6-1 (10-7-1 overall). Obviously, what may stick out most among those numbers is the “1” which is her lone career draw. This came three fights ago when she fought rising contender Marina Rodriguez … in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Markos believes she won the action-packed affair with her Brazilian counterpart. But aside from being none too pleased with the outcome, the first trip to the country was pretty alright from a vacation standpoint.
“Yeah, for sure,” Markos told The Scrap in regards to her hesitancy returning to Brazil for a fight, “But you don’t really have a choice. I was looking for a fight so whoever they were going to give me I was going to take no matter what.
“The last time I was there I fought a really tough opponent and I thought that I won that fight but they gave me a draw. Which I wasn’t expecting. As much as I thought I won that fight I’m at least happy they didn’t give it to her. She was frickin’ tough, man. This time I know I can’t leave it in the hands of the judges and I really gotta wow the judges and be really dominant in this fight.”
For the 18 fight vet in Markos, she’s been the most activate strawweight that the UFC has ever seen as her 13 fights in the UFC are tied for the promotional record. Ribas, on the other hand, has only fought twice in the UFC.
Despite Ribas going 2-0 to start off her UFC tenure, both wins of which came last year, she finds herself briefly ranked in the promotion’s rankings around No. 14 and 15. This recently changed due to the continued emergence of the streaking Yan Xiaonan.
Regardless, Markos was slightly irritated that Ribas could get ranked after so few fights. That along with her inability to put together a winning streak in the UFC to this point has given her all the more motivation.
“I know I need two wins in a row,” she stated, “I know that definitely affects my ranking but I definitely have more experience than this girl. I’ve fought some of the best girls and I don’t think that there’s anything that she can bring to the table that I haven’t already seen.
“I feel that she changes with her opponents. Like her style kind of changes with every opponent. So I’m not really focused on her style or what she’s gonna come out with because she could change.”
Markos vs. Ribas goes down on March 14 at UFC Brasilia on ESPN+. Don’t miss the fight and make sure to check out The Scrap’s full chat with the “Quiet Storm” in the video above.