MMA Preview – Randa Markos vs Marina Rodriguez at UFC Fight Night 137

AT A GLANCE

When is UFC Fight Night 137? Sunday 23rd September, 2018 - 01:00 start (UK)

Where is UFC Fight Night 137? Ginasio do Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Brazil

What channel is UFC Fight Night 137 on? BT Sport 2

Where can I stream UFC Fight Night 137? BT Sport subscribers can stream the fight online via the BT Sport website

Are tickets still available for UFC Fight Night 137? http://uk.ufc.com/event-ticket-info?utm_source=ufc&utm_medium=tab&utm_campaign=tickets

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

Marina Rodriquez makes her UFC debut after a great performance on Dana White’s Contender Series – knocking out Maria de Oliveira. In fact, she has compiled a reputation as a fearsome strawweight striker as she has racked up 11 wins without tasting defeat.

However, the unbeaten Brazilian has not tasted high calibre competition and even though Randa Markos has a more unflattering record, she has fought among the very best strawweights in the world for the majority of her career. This standard has made it hard for her to string two wins together but she will have to bounce back again from her loss to Nina Ansaroff.

THE PREDICTION

If this fight is going to finish before the bell it is likely to be due to a knockout by Rodriguez who is the more powerful striker. She will look to dominant Markos with her size advantage and find a home for her dangerous hands.

We can expect Markos to arrive to Brazil in great shape as always and rely on her output to pressure with strikes and takedowns, but this fight will come down to how well Rodriguez can utilise her reach as she is going to have to keep Markos at a distance to prevent a grinding defeat.

Winner: Markos via Decision

Striking and grappling stats sourced via FightMetric.