Ebene News – CA – Canadian veteran Randa Markos, strawweight, loses UFC fight by disqualification

LAS VEGAS – Canadian veteran Randa (Quiet Storm) Markos lost by disqualification on Saturday after knocking down Brazilian Luana Pinheiro with an illegal kick on a UFC Fight Night Card

The controversial moment came after both fighters collapsed Markos, on his back, grabbed Pinheiro, who was on his knees, with a kick to the face Referee Mark Smith immediately stopped the fight with the Stunned Brazilian on the back

The 35-year-old from Windsor, Ont. immediately extended his hand in apology because the Brazilian was on her knees, she was seen as a downed opponent and as such, the kick was illegal

The fight was the featured fight on the lower card before the main card at the UFC’s Apex production plant The main event pitted Dominick (The Devastator) Reyes, ranked third among the lightweight contenders , against No.5 Jiri (Denisa) Prochazka from the Czech Republic

Earlier on the lower card, Edmonton middleweight KB (Bengal) Bhullar lost a decision 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 to Greek Andreas (Spartan) Michailidis

The Markos-Pinheiro match was originally scheduled for UFC 260 on March 27, but was postponed after Markos contracted COVID-19

This was Markos’ 17th UFC appearance (10-12-1) She’s lost four in a row and five of the last six, dropping her UFC record to 6-10-1

Markos graduated from UFC Season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter” after losing to future champion Rose (Thug) Namajunas in the semifinals of the long-running UFC reality show

Pinheiro, 28, favored by bookmakers on Saturday, won her UFC contract in November with a first round knockout victory over the Contender Series of Dana White Pinheiro (9-1-0) has now taken seven straight wins but may not remember this victory

Markos came out punching but was knocked down by Pinheiro, a black belt in judo Markos got up, only to be violently shot again

Markos got an accidental glance, prompting the doctor to the ring The fight continued with Markos’ blessing and the Canadian came out swinging hard

Bhullar (8-2-0) lost his UFC debut in October on short notice as an injury replacement, stopped in the first round by England’s Tom Breese in Abu Dhabi

Fighting in a weight class as a light-heavyweight, Michailidis (13-4-0) lost his UFC debut to Lithuanian Modestas (The Baltic Gladiator) Bukauskas last July Michailidis, 32, had won seven of his previous eight fights before the loss

At six-foot-four, Bhullar had a four-inch height advantage and a two-inch brim within reach of Michailidis, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt But the Greek entered the fight as a betting favorite. and wasted no time showing he had more power in his fists

Michailidis swayed out, pushing the pace And two minutes after the fight started he injured Bhullar at the fence Bhullar sought to keep Michailidis at bay with kicks but continued to take punches The round ended on the field with Michailidis taking Bhullar’s back, looking for a submission

The second round was briefly stopped when Michailidis inadvertently took a kick in the groin area When the action resumed, Bhullar targeted Michailidis legs with kicks The mighty Greek took kept swinging for the fences Michailidis, busier with his strikes, caught Bhullar with a big right

“You have to take him out in this round,” Bhullar said in his corner before the final round.

Bhullar, however, had no answers in the face of Michailidis’ power The Canadian, who got a nod from one of the three judges in the third, was warned of another accidental kick to the groin

“I did my best to knock this guy out, but he was tough He took one of my best punches and survived,” Michailidis said. finish, but I couldn’t

“I tried to make him respond to my punches, but he couldn’t. As soon as he felt my power, he ran away”

The 29-year-old Bhullar was originally scheduled to fight in Dana White’s Contender series last June The pandemic pushed that back, first in September and then in November, before he was directly awarded a UFC contract without having to appear on the power supply circuit

Bhullar took time out of his MMA career after seeing his younger brother Kenny suffer severe facial damage in an amateur fight in 2014 KB went back to school and got a job in accounting But at at his brother’s request, he returned to MMA in 2018

Canadian Featherweight TJ (The Truth) Laramie was supposed to fight Damon (The Leech) Jackson on the card, but had to give up due to injury

Randa Markos

Ebene News – CA – Veteran Canadian strawweight Randa Markos loses UFC fight by disqualification

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