|Born||August 10, 1985|
|Other names||Quiet Storm|
|Height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Weight||115 lb (52 kg; 8 st 3 lb)|
|Reach||63 1⁄2 in (161 cm)|
|Style||Wrestling, Jiu Jitsu|
|Fighting out of||Windsor, Ontario, Canada|
|Team||Tristar Gym |
Michigan Top Team
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Fábio Lima|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Randa Markos-Thomas (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.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Mixed martial arts career
- 3 Championships and achievements
- 4 Mixed martial arts record
- 5 Mixed martial arts exhibition record
- 6 Amateur mixed martial arts record
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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.
Mixed martial arts career
Markos made her pro MMA debut on November 17, 2014 at IFC 51 defeating Allanna Jones via third round armbar.
She quickly bounced back by defeating Lynnell House via armbar in the first round and capturing the PFC Strawweight title.
The Ultimate Fighter
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.
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.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
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. Markos lost the fight via split decision.
Championships and achievements
- The Windsor / Essex Sports Persons of the Year
- WESPY Female Athlete of the Year (2015)
Mixed martial arts
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Fight of the Night (One Time)
- Provincial Fighting Championships
- Provincial FC Strawweight Title (One time)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|15 matches||8 wins||6 losses|
|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
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|3 matches||2 wins||1 loss|
|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
|Amateur record breakdown|
|6 matches||4 wins||2 losses|
|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|
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- "Randa Markos moving to Tristar". tapology.com. 2015-09-28. Retrieved 2015-09-29.
- Randa "Quiet Storm" Markos (@randamarkos) (June 27, 2018). ""What a surprise today, getting my purple belt (...)"". Instagram. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
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- "Markos working towards UFC title shot in 2015". sportsnet.ca. 2015-01-02.
- "Justine Kish Defeats Randa Markos Thomas At RFA 12 In L.A."
- "Randa Markos wins inaugural PFC title". thelondoner.ca.
- "Full 'TUF 20' cast revealed, includes eight new additions". mmajunkie.com. July 3, 2014.
- "TUF 20 FULL FIGHT VIDEO, EPISODE 1: RANDA MARKOS VS. TECIA TORRES". mmaweekly.com.
- "'TUF 20' RECAP: EPISODE 9". sherdog.com.
- "TUF 20 results and recap for Ep. 12: Carla Esparza vs. Jessica Penne and Rose Namajunas vs. Randa Markos". mmamania.com.
- "Jessica Penne meets Randa Markos at The Ultimate Fighter Finale". foxsports.com.
- "With Claudia Gadelha Out, Aisling Daly Draws Randa Markos at UFC 186". mmaweekly.com.
- "UFC 186 results: Randa Markos gets the best of Aisling Daly". mmafighting.com.
- "Randa Markos takes on debuting Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC on FOX 17". mmafighting.com.
- Ben Fowlkes (2015-12-19). "UFC on FOX 17 results: Karolina Kowalkiewicz outworks Randa Markos for decision". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
- Robert Sargent (2016-04-22). "Randa Markos Faces Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger At UFC Fight Night 89". mmarising.com.
- Brent Brookhouse (2016-08-20). "UFC 202 results: Cortney Casey taps Randa Markos with first-round armbar". mmajunkie.com.
- "UFC Fight Night 105's Randa Markos: Victory speech on bullying directed at Carla Esparza". MMAjunkie. 2017-02-20. Retrieved 2017-06-26.
- "Video: Alexa Grasso misses weight for UFC Fight Night 114 co-headliner with Randa Markos". MMAjunkie. 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
- "UFC Fight Night 114 results: Alexa Grasso narrowly beats Randa Markos by decision". MMAjunkie. 2017-08-06. Retrieved 2017-08-06.
- DNA, MMA. "Randa Markos vecht tegen Juliana Lima tijdens UFC on FOX 27 in Charlotte". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2017-11-10.
- "UFC on FOX 27 results: Randa Markos back on track with decision over Juliana Lima". MMAjunkie. 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2018-01-28.
- DNA, MMA. "Randa Markos treft Nina Ansaroff tijdens UFC on FOX 30 in Calgary". mmadna.nl. Retrieved 2018-04-11.
- "UFC on FOX 30 results: Nina Ansaroff rallies for decision win over Randa Markos". MMAjunkie. 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
- 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)
- "UFC Sao Paulo results: Charles Oliveira wins by submission, passes Royce Gracie for UFC record". MMAjunkie. 2018-09-23. Retrieved 2018-09-23.