Randa Markos: Embracing Change and the Future.
“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 and 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 me 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.