Saturday, March 28, 2015

Aisling Daly vs Randa Markos about to be added to Apr. 25 UFC show

Randa Markos
On Wednesday, Claudia Gadelha posted on Facebook that an injury has forced her out of her Apr. 11 fight against Aisling Daly in Krakow, Poland. Based on Claudia's description, it seems like a spinal cord injury. Soon after, Aisling Tweeted that she will no longer be on the Krakow show. This probably means that if Joanne Calderwood wins over Maryna Moroz on the Krakow show, she will challenge for Joanna Jedrzejczyk's UFC Strwawweight Championship on the summer's UFC show in Glasgow. This morning, Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting reported that Aisling Daly vs Randa Markos will be added to UFC 186 at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Apr. 25. They have had to shuffle that show because the Dillashaw vs Barao fight was postponed. I expect this fight to be on the prelims. Randa is from Windsor, ON so it's not surprising they wanted to put her on a Canadian show. She was unheralded going into TUF20 but I thought she performed well and on the TUF Finale, she lost a split decision to Jessica Penne. But it was the best fight on the show. Her record is 4-2. She also has a good back story as she was born in Iran and her parents fled to Canada. She is known as Quiet Storm because she likes to do her talking in the cage. Aisling has a big experience edge but I'm not convinced she has the tools to be an elite fighter. She could win if she can keep the fight standing. But will she be able to do that? Aisling beat Alex Chambers on the TUF Finale but Randa is a much better fighter than Alex though not as highly ranked as Claudia. Aisling is from Ireland and is a teammate of Conor McGregor. If you look at their records and rankings, Aisling should be the favourite. I don't care about rankings and I see Randa as an improving fighter who hasn't reached her full potential. So you have Randa who may be underrated and Aisling who may be overrated. That makes for an interesting fight with upset possibilities.

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