Relieved Randa Markos after first UFC finish: 'I feel like my old self again'

NASHVILLE – Randa Markos finally found the performance she’s been looking for at UFC on ESPN+ 6 when she took out Angela Hill in the first round.

Markos’ (9-6-1 MMA, 5-5-1 UFC) octagon career has been the definition of inconsistent. She’s been searching for reasons why and over the past several months has been working with a sports phycologist. She believe that work put her on the right track, and her performance that ended in a first-round armbar submission of Hill (8-6 MMA, 3-6 UFC) proved her right.

“I feel like my old self again, it feels amazing,” Markos told reporters, including MMA Junkie, post-fight at UFC on ESPN+ 6. “I haven’t had a submission since I got into the UFC and I’ve been wanting this for a long time and been searching for it and searching for it in my training and I think I found it.”

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During the fight between Markos and Hill, UFC commentators Daniel Cormier and Brandon Fitzgerald discussed the potentially negative feelings “Quite Storm” would have toward her opponent due to some interactions on Season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.

Markos downplayed her relationship with Hill pre-fight, and said she didn’t allow past feelings to influence her emotions.

“I really tried really hard not to think about the things that were bothering me because it’s been a long time,” Markos said. “It’s been five years. It’s done and gone and I’ve grown as a person, she’s changed and I’m sure she’s not that same person anymore and really I just wanted to come in here today and find myself again.”

With a victory once again under her belt, Markos will have the opportunity to get a winning streak for the first time in her UFC career when she returns to action for her next bout. She said the May 4 card in Ottawa, Canada, would be a perfect location for the Canadian fighter, but Markos is not putting any extra pressure on herself to get that win.

“I don’t really want to make it all about the winning and just make those little goals for myself and keep going and win every situation of the fight and not the end result,” Markos said. “The end result will come and I just want to keep growing and understanding myself and letting go of things and just being myself.”

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