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Randa Markos replaces Livinha Souza, fights Kanako Murata at UFC on ESPN+ 41

Randa Markos will be stepping in to face former Invicta champ, Kanako Murata at UFC Apex next week.

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Despite going on MacKenzie Dern’s highlight reel just two months ago, Randa Markos will be back in the saddle again this November 14, 2020, at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Markos (10-9-1), will be stepping in on short notice to replace former Invicta FC strawweight champion Livinha Souza to face off against another former Invicta FC strawweight champion, Kanako Murata.

Markos is yet again in against another quality grappler. Murata isn’t the submission expert that Dern is, but she’s medaled in freestyle wrestling at the junior level. She has elite grappling chops. Don’t believe me?

Still don’t?

You probably did to begin with, but the more gifs the better. Markos has been criticized for her decision-making in fights, but she remains a solid gatekeeper, and probably hopes this bout answers a lot of questions about her future in the UFC.

The full UFC on ESPN+ 41 is as follows:

Lightweight Islam Makhachev vs. Rafael dos Anjos

Welterweight Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Khaos Williams

Middleweight Julian Marquez vs. Saparbek Safarov

Middleweight Eryk Anders vs. Antonio Arroyo

Welterweight Daniel Rodriguez vs. Bryan Barberena

Preliminary card (ESPN+)

Women’s Strawweight Kay Hansen vs. Cory McKenna

Women’s Strawweight Ashley Yoder vs. Miranda Granger

Welterweight Alex Morono vs. Rhys McKee

Bantamweight José Alberto Quiñónez vs. Louis Smolka

Women’s Strawweight Randa Markos vs. Kanako Murata

Bantamweight Geraldo de Freitas vs. Tony Gravely

Heavyweight Don’Tale Mayes vs. Roque Martinez