Thursday, October 08, 2015

Randa Markos vs Karolina Kowalkiewicz added to Dec. 19 UFC show

Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Randa Markos
It was announced on last night's episode of UFC Tonight that Randa Markos will face Karolina Kowalkiewicz on UFC on FOX 17 Dec. 19 at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL. I expect this fight to air on the prelims. Last year, Karolina won a split decision over MIZUKI in Invicta. At the time, I thought she won that fight because of MIZUKI's lack of aggression. It was a close fight so it didn't really sell me on Karolina. Most of her other fights have been for KSW in her native Poland. She's 7-0. Someone asked me about her a couple of months ago and I thought she would be a tough signing for the UFC because KSW does pay fighters well so they will stay and with the UFC's Reebok deal killing sponsorship, she would probably make more money in KSW. So the UFC probably had to pay Karolina a premium. So they are giving her a tough opponent for her debut to find out if she's any good. Randa is from Windsor, ON but she recently moved to Montreal to train at Tri Star. She won her last fight over Aisling Daly in April. Randa is an ace grappler so we may find out about Karolina's takedown defense. And that could be the key to this fight.

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