Note: This is a short piece I wrote for MMA Latest news
Prospect Randa Markos was one of the dark horses going into “The Ultimate Fighter 20” back in 2014, yet the “Quiet Storm” continues to turn heads and make waves when she steps inside of the octagon.
Markos (5-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is coming off an impressive performance against Irish veteran and fellow “TUF” castmate Aisling Daly at UFC 186. The Quiet Storm earned the judges’ decision to get her first win in the octagon.
During the fight, Markos showed improved conditioning and strength. She landed some strikes in the opening round and displayed good takedown until the end of the first stanza. Despite Daly locking her in a clinch, Markos battled back to win the fight.
In an interview with Sportsnet, Markos credited her recent success to Michigan Top Team for helping her sharpen her skills, as well as the support from Daron Cruickshank.
Just having him in my corner, just gives me more motivation. He knows what he’s doing, he knows what he’s talking about. I work with him every day at Michigan Top Team.
Something else that’s helped Markos with her success is adding CrossFit to her training regiment.
Markos made a big impact on “TUF” after defeating Tecia Torres and Felice Herrig to advance to the semifinals of the tournament before being eliminated by Rose Namajunas. She dropped a close split-decision to former Invicta FC atomweight title Jessica Penne in her official octagon debut.
In the interview, Markos said she wants to compete in MMA as much as she can and her win over Daly is the first step of her ascent up the women’s 115-pound ladder.
The Quiet Storm has already showed her meddle against tough prospects like Torres, as well as established veterans like Herrig. Although those wins weren’t officially sanctioned bouts and didn’t add two wins to her record, Markos earned the experience of facing two of the most dangerous and technical strikers in the strawweight division.
Markos also has an inspiring story and like many fighters, had a humble beginnings. When she was three years old, her family moved to Canada from Iraq during the Gulf Crisis. She later turned to wrestling, which was the initial spark of her future MMA career.
As for the immediate future, I’d like to see Markos take on Maryna Moroz, who is coming off an impressive win over Joanne Calderwood or veteran Angela Magana.