Morning Report: Randa Markos accuses Luana Pinheiro of taking a dive: ‘I wasn’t leaving that cage without a win and she stole that from me’


Although it was forgotten later after Jiri Prochazka delivered probably the greatest knockouts of the yr, within the prelims of UFC Vegas 25, there was a bout steeped in controversy.

In the primary combat on the prelims, Randa Markos took on Luana Pinheiro in a pivotal bout for Markos’s profession. Markos had misplaced 4 of her final 5 bouts and was seemingly within the place the place a loss would imply the top of her UFC run. As such, Markos got here out with plenty of depth, and even after struggling a reduce to her eyelid early within the first spherical, “Quiet Storm” made no bones about desirous to proceed the combat. Sadly for her, issues went south shortly after referee Mark Smith restarted the spherical.

Upon the restart, Markos got here storming throughout the cage at Pinheiro, winging punches and attempting to create a brawl. Although she did have extra success than she had been having earlier than the attention poke, Markos nonetheless discovered herself getting tossed to the mat by the Judo black belt, a transfer Pinheiro repeatedly used on Markos on Saturday. This is able to be the final time although as after Pinheiro threw her, Markos tried to kick Pinheiro off her and ended up touchdown a flush kick the Pinheiro’s head whereas the Brazilian was nonetheless on the mat. What occurred subsequent is the reason for a lot controversy.

Pinheiro had a delayed response to the kick after which fell again to the ground, writhing round in obvious ache. Nonetheless, the delayed response from Pinheiro brought about the UFC commentary workforce’s Paul Felder to counsel an alternate rationalization. “Eh, I believe we’re seeing slightly little bit of, what do you name it, performing,” Felder stated on the published. UFC Corridor of Famer Michael Bisping then jumped in and mentioned the ability of upkicks whereas the ringside doctor checked out Pinheiro. Right now, a nonetheless supine Pinheiro requested if she misplaced the bout, at which level Felder retracted his “performing” remark and the bout was referred to as off and dominated a disqualification win for Pinheiro since Markos’ kick was deemed to be intentional by referee Mark Smith.

Markos was visibly upset by the choice within the cage and following the bout, the commentary workforce rewatched the fight-ending kick a number of instances with Felder seemingly waffling on the legitimacy of Pinheiro’s compromised state. Markos although has had no such hassle in making a willpower, posting to social media yesterday the place she responded to the bout and accused Pinheiro of taking a dive.

I’ve been within the combat recreation for some time now. I’ve by no means deliberately thrown a unlawful blow. It’s a combat, shit is sure to occur. I took three eye pokes (requiring stitches and lack of imaginative and prescient) and by no means thought for a second that I wasn’t going to proceed. I had such an excellent camp coaching with @travislutter, @cdpowertrain and @adams.justin1 in Texas and was able to showcase my abilities for the best combat promotion on the planet. Sure my foot grazed her however that my opponents Lack of ability to proceed appeared a bit oversold and suspect. I let her know after the attention poke that I wasn’t leaving that cage with no win and he or she stole that from me.

I’m enthusiastic about no matter is subsequent. I’ve a tone of coronary heart in me that must be let loose. Thanks to everybody that helped me with this camp. I like you all and I’ll be again quickly #ufc #quietstorm #mma #easywayout #littlebitch

For what it’s price, Markos shouldn’t be the one individual to query Pinheiro’s intentions. A lot of followers appear to really feel that Pinheiro was far much less harm than she appeared and even former two-division champion Henry Cejudo posted to Twitter saying Pinheiro acted her method to a win.

In the long run although, even when plenty of followers and fighters do consider Pinheiro may have continued, it doesn’t make a lot distinction. The official result’s one other loss for Markos, her fourth in a row, and will spell the top of her tenure within the UFC.

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Fast turnaround.


Name out.

Good deed.

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Gonna ballot everybody to seek out your ideas on it however this appears fairly clear to me. Which certainly one of these eventualities is extra seemingly true:

Pinheiro received hit by an upkick and was legitimately compromised, it simply appeared kinda humorous.


Pinheiro determined to take a dive in a combat she was clearly successful so her UFC debut may very well be marred by the specter of cowardice.

We might by no means know the reply.

Thanks for studying and see y’all tomorrow.


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