Randa Markos: Embracing Change and the Future

Randa Markos: Embracing Change and the Future.

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I am a self-motivating kind of person. I have my goals and I do whatever I can to accomplish them. It is definitely a lot easier when you’re working with people who have the same goals as you and the same drive. Also being around negative people just brings you down if you’re not mentally strong and sometimes it can break your strongest people. With my past experiences I have learned to keep away from the negative because it’s not worth the time. Surround yourself with people who are happy for your success and want you to excel because although people say that MMA is a selfish sport, I believe you can’t get where you are without the help of good people, who are looking out for you. Those people will be there through the thick and thin,” said The Ultimate Fighter contestant, Randa Markos, earlier this week.

The long time member of Maximum Training Center, a gym located in Windsor Ontario, has stated that she is ready to embrace change and is excited to see what these changes will bring to her future within the sport of mixed martial arts. We see it more Randa post fight 1and more these days, professional mixed martial artists testing the waters in new camps and with new training partners. Some would say there is a time for change and growth in every athlete’s career. For Canadian Randa Markos, that time seems be now. Randa explains why the change is taking place and how beneficial she feels it will be.

Well I love my hometown and love my gym but I was forced to walk away from it and I feel that it was the right move. People expect too much from me and I feel they lost focus on why I was there. I want to train and be the best. Money means nothing to me but I will not be treated like a doormat because I am a nice person.  I feel this will help my future to step outside the box and see what’s out there for me training wise. I’m excited to see what’s next especially now working with Michigan Top Team and still working with my awesome grappling coaches Phil Navarro and Toan Lam.”

While spending most of her career training out of one specific facility, prior to trying out for TUF earlier this year, Markos had travelled over to Ohio to train. While there, Randa trained with UFC bantamweight Jessica Eye, along with Eye’s coaching staff. On top of that she had also recently started to cross over the U.S boarder nearly fifteen minutes away to train with UFC lightweight Daron Cruickshank and the team over at Michigan Top Team.

The difference has been remarkable,” says Markos, stating she can’t wait for future results to start to show inside the cage.

It’s been great being able to find such amazing talent so close by. I tried so hard to pick up as much as I can in such little time. They are both incredibly talented and very nice on top of that. Both are very welcoming which made it easier for meMTT logo to work with. I’m excited to continue working with them and seeing how much more I can grow in this sport.”

Now with TUF airing and most of the media obligations done and out of the way, Randa shares how it feels to get back to the routine of everyday life.

I am so happy to be back to a regular schedule. I started off on the wrong foot being forced out of my gym but everything happens for a reason and I’m excited too see what the future holds for me and with my new training. I have a lot to learn and can’t wait. Working full time has its down side but I have been making it work and will continue to do so.”

With a very impressive win on the premiere of Ultimate Fighter over a highly seeded Tecia Torres, what can viewers expect this coming Wednesday evening at 10PM EST on Fox Sports 1?

Joanna is ranked number two, and Emily at number fifteen, but this is MMA and we all know anything is possible. As Tecia and I displayed in the premiere episode, you can expect to see some badass talent. We might be small and pretty but man can we kick ass. We belong in the UFC and you will all get to see for yourself.”

Be sure to watch Randa Markos Wednesday evenings at 10PM EST on Fox Sports 1, you can show your support for the lone Canadian cast member by following her on Twitter @randamma.

The Honest Truth: Alistair Overeem by @SFAMartin

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The Honest Truth on Alistair Overeem?

By @SFAMartin

Riding an undertow, cold and blue, could this be where the career of the once highly considered best heavyweights in the world currently lays?

If you had the opportunity to watch Alistair Overeem prior to his entry into the most decelerated mixed martial arts (MMA), organization AKA The Ultimate Fighting Championship, then you may be confused and still scratching your head on what was displayed last night at UFN 50 at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut .

Overeem, looking to rebound after what has been a lackluster start to his UFC career only finishing one fight out of a possible five, while being finished three times (all TKO/KO stoppages), squared off with UFC heavyweight veteran Ben Rothwell. While showing off his impressive footwork, feints and kicks to the body of his opponent early on in the contest, it wasn’t until Rothwell bombarded Overeem with punches that eventually ended the fight. It appeared as if Overeem’s jaw had shattered into pieces on the first shot, while stumbling back, making a wrong turn at Albuquerque, before getting struck again by a now “headhunting” Rothwell.

Another violent finish and notch added to the record of Overeem, again on this losing end. Has Alistair over stayed his welcome in the UFC? Could he possibly be one of, if not the biggest bust in UFC history?

It will be interesting to see what the UFC officials tell Overeem, or if he indeed will continue to want to compete at this level of competition or compete at all in the sport of MMA.

It has been shown in the past when fighters wait too long to get out of the sport, and continue to rack up the lumps and bruises rather than wins. Do you think Overeem should be allowed to take another fight in the UFC? If so who and why?

This article is based off of my opinion alone, and I call it “The Honest Truth”.

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UFC Fight Night 47: Bader v St. Preux

Tonight’s Fight Night 47 event is live at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, Maine.



Ryan Bader defeats Ovince St. Preux via Unanimous Decision

Ross Pearson defeats Gray Maynard via 2nd round TKO (01:35) 

Tim Boetsch defeats Brad Tavares via 2nd round TKO (03:18)

Alan Jouban defeats Seth Baczynski via 1st round TKO (04:23)

Shawn Jordan defeats Jack May  via 3rd round TKO (02:03)

Thiago Tavares defeats Robbie Peralta via 1st round RNC (04:27) 

Jussier Formiga defeats Zach Makovsky via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x 3)

Sara McMann defeats Lauren Murphy via Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)  

 Tom Watson defeats Sam Alvey Unanimous Decision (29-28 x 3) 

Frankie Saenz defeats Nolan Ticman via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x 3)

Undefeated one armed fighter Joshua Rector returns to the cage THIS SATURDAY!


U.S. Army Retired Sergeant and undefeated fighter  Joshua “The Wrecking Ball” Rector returns to the cage THIS SATURDAY at BlacKOut Fighting Championship 24: Fighting for Autism in Carthage, Missouri. Joshua Rector will be fighting his toughest opponent yet in Mike “SCUBA” Skeen (2-0). “The Wrecking Ball” has been on a roll and has finished both of his opponents in the BFC cage and won a decision at GRAPPLEFIGHT proving that even with one arm he has what it takes to stand up or go to the ground with his opponents. “Scuba” Skeen has also finished both of his opponents and has a brawler style and likes to stand in front of his opponents and throw bombs. All i know is every time Joshua Rector steps in the cage the crowd gets pumped up so I can’t wait for this fight on Saturday night! Tickets are available  at cagetix.com/bfc

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Bellator signs knockout artists Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef

Newport Beach, Calif. (July 21, 2014) – 
Since the day Bellator President Scott Coker joined the promotion, the goal has been to create the most entertaining fights possible under the Bellator banner. With that in mind, Bellator has added knockout kingpins Paul “Semtex” Daley (34-13) and Melvin “No Mercy” Manhoef (28-11) to the roster. The two veterans have both amassed impressive careers, including an astonishing 51 career knockouts between the two heavy-handed strikers.

Daley rejoins Bellator after a dominating debut in 2012 with a first round knockout over Rudy Bears at Bellator 72. Only 31, the Nottingham based striker is looking to make his mark on the Bellator Welterweight Division.

“Like always, I’m coming into Bellator to put on a show,” Daley said. “I loved working for Coker back in Strikeforce, and when I got the call to possibly come back to Bellator, it was a no-brainer. I feel great, I’m fresh, and I’m going after that belt.”    

Manhoef will join an already deep middleweight division as the Dutch kickboxer brings his finishing skills to the Bellator cage and Spike TV. The former Strikeforce and K-1 veteran is on a mission to provide explosive finishes, and with potential matchups with Alexander Shlemenko, Brennan Ward, Brett Cooper and Doug Marshall on the horizon, fans should expect fireworks inside the Bellator Middleweight Division.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. We want Bellator to be a destination for not only the top-tier fighters in the sport, but the first-choice destination for fans to see the most entertaining fights in the sport,” Coker said. “Both Paul and Melvin add a level of excitement to the roster that I can’t wait to see inside our cage, and this is just the beginning.”

For more information, visit Bellator.com, follow Bellator on Twitter @BellatorMMA, and check out Bellator on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/BellatorMMA

KNOCKOUT OF THE WEEK featuring Antonio Martinez

One of the biggest knockouts of the weekend didn’t happen in the UFC it happened at Kansas City Fighting Alliance 11 in  Kansas City, Missouri. Antonio Martinez (5-0) was going into this fight against “TIC TIC BOOM” with 3 first round stoppages all by TKO so don’t blink…  

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TUF 20 and Canadian Randa Markos

TUF 20 and Canadian Randa Markos

Walk out intro PFC2 Randa Markos

The lone Canadian on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter 20 is Windsor, Ontario’s, Randa Markos. Since moving over to Canada from Baghdad, along with her family, Randa decided at an early age to learn the discipline of wrestling. While not only competing in grappling tournaments, Markos would almost always walk away a winner.

The hunger for competition did not appear to stop there for Randa, as she decided to compete in the evolving sport of mixed martial arts at the age of 23, officially stepping inside the cage for the first time in 2009. After proving a promising record at the amateur level, the decision to turn professional came three years later. With her dedication, passion to compete, ability to evolve and never give up attitude, this decision and these traits would contribute to her current success.

The Ultimate Fighter Season 20 is housing the top women at 115lbs, to crown the first ever strawweight champion of the UFC. This is in no doubt my opinion where Markos belongs.

Despite being less experienced in terms of professional MMA competition, the Canadian/Chaldean native had gone on to earn wins in her first three professional fights, before stepping up on short notice to compete for Resurrection Fighting Alliance on January 26, 2014. The fight left Markos with two rather large lacerations, as well as the first and only blemish on her respected record. Although suffering her first loss, that fight displayed just how much heart Markos has, as well as toughness which prepared her for her first title fight even more so.

The first ever PFC champion was crowned on March 8, 2014, following the win at Provincial Fighting Championships 2. The now number one ranked women’s strawweight in Canada was ready to take the next step in her career by attending the TUF 20 tryouts in Las Vegas. As revealed earlier this month, her attempt was a successful one, making the casting.

A fighter throughout her whole life and having to overcome several obstacles has helped Randa prepare for what most call TUF the toughest tournament in combat sports today. With fifteen other women and being isolated over a month and a half has shown to be somewhat of a pressure cooker type of situation. With the speculations that high volumes of drama will overtake each episode, we must remember that all these women, including Randa, are there for one thing and one thing only, to win the  UFC championship gold.

With a nation full of MMA fans and the airing of TUF 20 come September I believe that not only will Randa have the support from her family, friends, coaches, and training partners, but from an entire country. Red and White have always been proudly worn alongside her Chaldean roots. Although highly irregular for women from the Middle East to grow up and become a professional MMA that matter any kind of athlete, this did not discourage or detour Randa from getting closer to accomplishing her goals and dreams.

Follow Randa via Twitter @randamma and help support her while filming for TUF 20, and more importantly, for when she returns back home to Windsor,Ontario.

Hey Dana, no gimmick needed, she just wants to fight.

By @AdamMartinShow

Seth Golay faces off with Cody Nieto-Clark for the BlacKOut Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight title on Saturday, July 26th in Carthage, Missouri

Seth Golay faces off with Cody Nieto-Clark for the vacant BlacKOut Fighting Championship Light Heavyweight title at BLACKOUT FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 24: FIGHTING FOR AUTISM on Saturday, July 26th in Carthage, Missouri.

BlacKOut Fighting Championship returns to Carthage, Missouri for the 3rd time  and this fight card might be the biggest one yet. Seth Golay (4-0) is undefeated and has finished his last 3 opponents in dominate fashion and plans on getting another finish in front of his hometown crowd. Cody Nieto-Clark is one  of the best Light Heavyweights in Oklahoma and is ready to  take the BlacKOut Fighting Championship back  across the State line with him.

MMATopics.net caught up Seth Golay to talk about his opportunity to fight in  front of his hometown crown and much more. CHECK IT OUT

MMATOPICS:  Where do you train at? 

SETH GOLAY: I train with Proving Grounds Gym in Carthage, Missouri. 

MMATOPICS: How does it feel to be fighting in your hometown of Carthage, Missouri?

SETH GOLAY: Feels awesome! No small town around brings out a crowd like Carthage, fans are the best in the 4-State area! Ready to put a show on for friends and family!

MMATOPICS: what should the fans expect?

SETH GOLAY: An explosive hard hitting fight! Lots of power in this fight, enough for anything to happen at any time

MMATOPICS: how will the fight end?

SETH GOLAY: With me winning, no questions or doubt in my mind. I’m the best I’ve ever been.

MMATOPICS: How does it feel to be FIGHTING FOR AUTISM? 

SETH GOLAY:  It’s for a great cause!! Motivates my training even more, got my hometown behind me and now for a great cause, what could be better? I love these kinda events! Anything to help!

Make sure you get your tickets at www.cagetix.com/bfc and follow BLACKOUT FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP ON FACEBOOK

nieto vs Golay


BlacKOut Fighting Championship 24: FIGHTING FOR AUTISM Fight Card!!! (UPDATED)

BlacKOut Fighting Championship is proud to announce that we have teamed up with Fighting For Autism to bring Professional/Amateur Mixed Martial Arts to Carthage, Missouri on Saturday, July 26th. These fighters will be stepping into the cage for a great cause and to bring awareness towards Autism. ASD affects over 2 million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide. We are excited to help the local community and excited about this partnership with FIGHTING FOR AUTISM.
Tickets for this event are available on www.cagetix.com/bfc 

BFC 24 will feature Pro fights, 2 title fights, Heavyweights, WMMA action, and all your favorite fighters! DON’T MISS THIS EVENT! 

Checkout the FIGHT CARD…

135- Zach ‘SUBHUB’ Hubbard vs Joseph ‘The Hulk’ Fulk
145- Thailand ‘Landshark’ Clark vs Aaron Roberson

BFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Cody Nieto vs Seth Golay

BFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Melissa Shepard vs Blair Patton

160- Devin Webber vs Mike Breeden
130- Jerry Stepps vs Seth Mitchell
185- Mike Skeen vs Joshua Rector
HW- Byron Stevens vs Rick Richmond
155- Kyleb Collins vs Hardy Friely
145- Fred Freeman vs Jenrrhy Ferrera
145- Kory Jamal vs Greg Owens
HW- Jon Gieniec vs Brad Diaz
185- Gabriel Dart vs Austin Crist
205- Jesse Gonzalez vs Andrew Poblete
155- Mikey Vassar vs Dameian Harper