When Randa Markos can implement her strong clinch game and use it to set up her equally strong wrestling, she tends to get her arm raised at the end of the fight.
When she doesn’t, her opponent usually leaves the victor.
But what happens if they split the difference? Such was the case Saturday night in the main-card opener of UFC Sao Paulo, as Markos and Marina Rodriguez battled to a majority draw. The judges’ cards in the strawweight matchup were 29-28 Markos and a pair of 28-28s.
The opening round was all Markos, as she threw Rodriguez to the mat, transitioned into side control, then postured into top position, where she remained for most of the rest of the round, dishing out enough punishments to earn a 10-8 score on two cards.