Randa Markos

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Randa Markos
Chaldean Ufc fighter.jpg
Born (1985-08-10) August 10, 1985 (age 33)
Baghdad,[1] Iraq
Other namesQuiet Storm
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)
Reach63 12 in (161 cm)
StyleWrestling, Jiu Jitsu
Fighting out ofWindsor, Ontario, Canada
TeamTristar Gym[3]
Michigan Top Team
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Fábio Lima[4]
Years active2009-present
Mixed martial arts record
By submission3
By decision5
By submission1
By decision5
Amateur record
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision2
By submission1
By decision1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Randa Markos-Thomas[5] (born August 10, 1985) is an Iraqi-born Canadian mixed martial artist who competes in the strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).As of November 20, 2018, she is #14 in the official UFC strawweight rankings.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Markos was born in Iraq to ethnic Chaldean parents who are Catholics. Her family was held at gunpoint and imprisoned during the Iran-Iraq War. They escaped and boarded a plane to Ontario, Canada, when she was three.[7]

Markos earned her Pharmacy Assistant Diploma at TriOS College. She then worked as a pharmacy technician at a pharmacy in Windsor.[8]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Markos made her pro MMA debut on November 17, 2014 at IFC 51 defeating Allanna Jones via third round armbar.

Markos compiled an unblemished 3-0 record making her RFA debut against future TUF 20 teammate Justine Kish.[9] Markos suffered her first loss that night via decision.

She quickly bounced back by defeating Lynnell House via armbar in the first round and capturing the PFC Strawweight title.[10]

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

Markos was among the final eight contestants that tried out for the TUF house, to join the 11 Invicta FC strawweights that President Dana White had acquired.[11]

Markos was ranked #14 for Team Pettis, and was matched up against #3 ranked Tecia Torres for the first fight of the season. Markos defeated Torres via decision after three rounds to give Team Pettis their first win.[12]

On the ninth episode, Markos was set to take on Felice Herrig in the first quarterfinal match up. Tension began to build when several of the fighters wanted to train separately and have two sessions per day, one in the morning and one at night. Markos decided to appear at a morning practice, which didn't sit well with Carla Esparza, who confronted Markos to try to get her to leave; Markos did not. She defeated Herrig via scarfhold armbar, in the first round.[13]

In the last episode of the season, Markos was paired up against Rose Namajunas in the semifinal. Markos lost via first round submission.[14]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Markos made her promotional debut at The Ultimate Fighter 20 Finale, taking on fellow semi-finalist Jessica Penne.[15] She lost in a close split decision and was awarded Fight of the Night.

Markos filled in for the injured Claudia Gadelha at UFC 186, taking on Aisling Daly.[16] She won via unanimous decision.[17]

Markos faced promotional newcomer Karolina Kowalkiewicz on December 19, 2015 at UFC on FOX 17.[18] She lost the fight by unanimous decision.[19]

Markos defeated Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger at UFC Fight Night 89 on June 18, 2016, by unanimous decision.[20]

Markos took on Cortney Casey at UFC 202; she lost in the first round via armbar.[21]

Markos next faced Carla Esparza on February 19, 2017 at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne. She won the fight by split decision.[22]

On August 5, 2017, Markos faced Alex Grasso at UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno. Grasso came in at 119 lbs, three pounds over the strawweight limit, at weigh-ins, and was fined 20% of her purse, which went to Markos. The bout proceeded at a catchweight.[23] Markos lost the fight via split decision.[24]

Markos faced Juliana Lima on January 27, 2018 at UFC on Fox 27.[25] She won the fight via unanimous decision.[26]

Markos faced Nina Ansaroff on July 28, 2018 at UFC on Fox 30.[27] She lost the fight via unanimous decision.[28]

Markos faced promotional newcomer Mariana Rodriguez on September 22, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 137.[29] The back and forth contest was ultimately ruled a majority draw.[30]

Championships and achievements[edit]

  • The Windsor / Essex Sports Persons of the Year
    • WESPY Female Athlete of the Year (2015)

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Draw 8–6–1 Mariana Rodriguez Draw (majority) UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders September 22, 2018 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Loss 8–6 Nina Ansaroff Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Alvarez vs. Poirier 2 July 28, 2018 3 5:00 Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win 8–5 Juliana Lima Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Jacaré vs. Brunson 2 January 27, 2018 3 5:00 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Loss 7–5 Alexa Grasso Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno August 5, 2017 3 5:00 Mexico City, Mexico Catchweight (119 lbs) bout; Grasso missed weight.
Win 7–4 Carla Esparza Decision (split) UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne February 19, 2017 3 5:00 Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Loss 6–4 Cortney Casey Submission (armbar) UFC 202 August 20, 2016 1 4:34 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–3 Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson June 18, 2016 3 5:00 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Catchweight (117.5 lbs) bout; Markos missed weight.
Loss 5–3 Karolina Kowalkiewicz Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: dos Anjos vs. Cerrone 2 December 19, 2015 3 5:00 Orlando, Florida, United States
Win 5–2 Aisling Daly Decision (unanimous) UFC 186 April 25, 2015 3 5:00 Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Loss 4–2 Jessica Penne Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale December 12, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Win 4–1 Lynnell House Submission (armbar) PFC 2: Fight Night March 8, 2014 1 1:57 London, Ontario, Canada Won the vacant PFC Strawweight Championship.
Loss 3–1 Justine Kish Decision (unanimous) RFA 12: Ortega vs. Koch January 24, 2014 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 3–0 Kara Kirsh Decision (unanimous) PFC 1: Unrivaled October 26, 2013 3 5:00 London, Ontario, Canada
Win 2–0 Ashley Nichols Submission (armbar) Wreck MMA 2.0 March 28, 2013 1 3:06 Gatineau, Quebec, Canada Catchweight (118 lbs) bout.
Win 1–0 Allanna Jones Submission (armbar) IFL 51: No Guts, No Glory November 17, 2012 3 3:14 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 2–1 Rose Namajunas Submission (kimura) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned December 10, 2014 (airdate) 1 2:44 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Semifinal round
Win 2–0 Felice Herrig Submission (scarf-hold armlock) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned December 3, 2014 (airdate) 1 2:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Quarterfinal round
Win 1–0 Tecia Torres Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned November 5, 2014 (airdate) 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 20 Elimination round

Amateur mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 4–2 Bernice Booth TKO (punches) XCC 64.5 - Battle at the Border 11 November 13, 2010 1 2:27 Port Huron, Michigan, United States
Win 3–2 Bernice Booth Submission (armbar) XCC 64 - Battle at the Border 10 August 28, 2010 2 1:31 Walpole Island, Ontario, Canada
Win 2–2 Alibeth Rall Milliron Decision (unanimous) IFL - Prepare for Impact May 8, 2010 3 3:00 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Loss 1–2 Kelly Warren Submission (rear-naked choke) IFL - Malice at the Palace January 30, 2010 2 2:35 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Loss 1–1 Kelly Warren Decision (unanimous) IFL - Righteous Rumble November 14, 2009 3 3:00 Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States
Win 1–0 Tanya Lohr Decision (unanimous) IFL - No Pain, No Gain September 19, 2009 3 3:00 Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Randa Markos' harrowing journey from Baghdad to the UFC". Mmafighting.com. 2014-12-12. Retrieved 2015-05-22.
  2. ^ http://www.espn.com/espnw/athletes-life/article/11546806/meet-randa-markos-iraqi-refugee-turned-ufc-fighter
  3. ^ "Randa Markos moving to Tristar". tapology.com. 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  4. ^ Randa "Quiet Storm" Markos (@randamarkos) (June 27, 2018). ""What a surprise today, getting my purple belt (...)"". Instagram. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Randa Markos ("Quiet Storm") | MMA Fighter Page". Tapology.com. Retrieved 2015-05-22.
  6. ^ "Fighter Rankings | UFC ®". UFC. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  7. ^ "RANDA MARKOS ON IMPRISONMENT, ABUSE, AND HER ROAD TO TUF 20". fightland.vice.com. 2014-10-29.
  8. ^ "Markos working towards UFC title shot in 2015". sportsnet.ca. 2015-01-02.
  9. ^ "Justine Kish Defeats Randa Markos Thomas At RFA 12 In L.A."
  10. ^ "Randa Markos wins inaugural PFC title". thelondoner.ca.
  11. ^ "Full 'TUF 20' cast revealed, includes eight new additions". mmajunkie.com. July 3, 2014.
  13. ^ "'TUF 20' RECAP: EPISODE 9". sherdog.com.
  14. ^ "TUF 20 results and recap for Ep. 12: Carla Esparza vs. Jessica Penne and Rose Namajunas vs. Randa Markos". mmamania.com.
  15. ^ "Jessica Penne meets Randa Markos at The Ultimate Fighter Finale". foxsports.com.
  16. ^ "With Claudia Gadelha Out, Aisling Daly Draws Randa Markos at UFC 186". mmaweekly.com.
  17. ^ "UFC 186 results: Randa Markos gets the best of Aisling Daly". mmafighting.com.
  18. ^ "Randa Markos takes on debuting Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC on FOX 17". mmafighting.com.
  19. ^ Ben Fowlkes (2015-12-19). "UFC on FOX 17 results: Karolina Kowalkiewicz outworks Randa Markos for decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
  20. ^ Robert Sargent (2016-04-22). "Randa Markos Faces Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger At UFC Fight Night 89". mmarising.com.
  21. ^ Brent Brookhouse (2016-08-20). "UFC 202 results: Cortney Casey taps Randa Markos with first-round armbar". mmajunkie.com.
  22. ^ "UFC Fight Night 105's Randa Markos: Victory speech on bullying directed at Carla Esparza". MMAjunkie. 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
  23. ^ "Video: Alexa Grasso misses weight for UFC Fight Night 114 co-headliner with Randa Markos". MMAjunkie. 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  24. ^ "UFC Fight Night 114 results: Alexa Grasso narrowly beats Randa Markos by decision". MMAjunkie. 2017-08-06. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
  25. ^ DNA, MMA. "Randa Markos vecht tegen Juliana Lima tijdens UFC on FOX 27 in Charlotte". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-11-10.
  26. ^ "UFC on FOX 27 results: Randa Markos back on track with decision over Juliana Lima". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  27. ^ DNA, MMA. "Randa Markos treft Nina Ansaroff tijdens UFC on FOX 30 in Calgary". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
  28. ^ "UFC on FOX 30 results: Nina Ansaroff rallies for decision win over Randa Markos". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  29. ^ Marcel Dorff (2018-08-23). "Unbeaten UFC debutante Marina Rodriguez meets Randa Markos during UFC São Paulo". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-08-23. (in Dutch)
  30. ^ "UFC Sao Paulo results: Charles Oliveira wins by submission, passes Royce Gracie for UFC record". MMAjunkie. 2018-09-23. Retrieved 2018-09-23.

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