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?
Kanako Murata with the rare proper timing and execution of a head and arm throw pic.twitter.com/JbGLZ4oYgB— MEGATON (Twicetober 2020) (@BasedDongeezus) June 30, 2017
Hey, RIZIN's Kanako Murata fights for an Invicta belt tonight pic.twitter.com/FSteOwghik— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 1, 2019
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