Randa Markos has taken Luana Pinheiro to activity for her response to the foul that ended their battle at UFC Vegas 25 on Saturday night time.
Markos and Pinheiro fought within the featured preliminary battle of the night. What began off as a stable battle between the 2 strawweights would quickly be marred by controversy after a sequence of fouls occurred. Markos was poked within the eye a number of occasions by Pinheiro, who was verbally warned by referee Mark Smith. A type of eye pokes prompted a break within the motion so Markos might be attended to by the cageside doctor, however she signaled to each him and the referee that she wished to proceed.
The battle restarted and Markos got here ahead with a barrage of punches that pressured Pinheiro to again up in opposition to the cage. The Brazilian was in a position to compose herself and get Markos to the bottom with a Judo throw, however it will solely be for a brief period of time. In an try to separate from Pinheiro, Markos threw — and landed — an upkick to the face of her opponent, which prompted her to fall again to the canvas in a dazed method.
Not solely was the upkick unlawful because it was dealt to a grounded opponent but it surely was additionally deemed intentional by Markos and she or he was disqualified. “Quiet Storm” was upset by the way in which the battle ended in addition to the response of Pinheiro.
She elaborated on this on social media in her first post-fight feedback on Sunday night time.
“I’ve been within the battle sport for some time now,” wrote Markos on Instagram “I’ve by no means deliberately thrown a unlawful blow. It’s a battle, shit is certain 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 camp coaching with @travislutter, @cdpowertrain and @adams.justin1 in Texas and was able to showcase my abilities for the best battle promotion on the earth. Sure my foot grazed her however that my opponents Incapability 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 she or he stole that from me.
“I’m enthusiastic about no matter is subsequent,” Markos continued. “I’ve a tone of coronary heart in me that must be set free. Thanks to everybody that helped me with this camp. I really like you all and I’ll be again quickly.”
Followers and pundits alike have shared the identical sentiment as Markos. Nonetheless, the disqualification stands and marks her fourth straight loss within the UFC. Markos’ final win got here in opposition to Ashley Yoder at UFC Battle Evening: Maia vs. Askren in 2019.