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Randa Markos fought through a torn MCL for UFC: Charlotte bout against Juliana Lima

The Canadian fighter shared details on a bad knee injury that would have taken most athletes out of commission.

UFC Fight Night: Randa Markos v Juliana Lima Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

After a great start on The Ultimate Fighter season 20, Randa Markos has struggled with consistency. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say she’s been consistently inconsistent, going win-loss-win-loss to the point where her UFC record shares a resemblance with Mirko Crocop’s checkered fight shorts.

UFC on FOX 27 continued the trend with Markos bouncing back from a loss with a win over Juliana Lima, but it could have gone very wrong for the Canadian fighter. She revealed after her win that she suffered a bad knee injury a month out from the fight that doctors advise she not fight with.

But fight through it she did, and she won in dominating fashion: 30-27 on all three judges’ scorecards. Markos detailed the injury to MMA Junkie’s Ken Hathaway after the event.

“So before this fight, about four weeks ago, I injured myself really bad,” she said. “I had a partially torn MCL and a full torn patella. I went back to the gym and said ‘I don’t care, I’m going to win this fight. I’m going to fight.’ So I went in there and focused off working off the cage, I focused on my cardio, and I focused on my striking. And I knew that if I can do great at those things, I will win this fight regardless of what she has to bring. So yeah, that’s why it was off the fence a lot and I was able to work really well off the fence this time.”

When it came to fighting off the bum knee, no one but Randa’s physiotherapist thought it was a good idea.

“So many meetings with so many doctors, they all said ‘Nope, nope, nope you’re not doing this, you’re not doing this!’ But I had an awesome physiotherapist, Chuck Smith, and he told me ‘Don’t worry, I’ve seen this before, you’re going to be fine. Give it four weeks.’ So I went over there every day at 6 in the morning and worked with him, and he got my knee back to normal while I was able to work on all these other things. And he said ‘Your leg is going to be strong for the fight and don’t worry about it.’ So I listened to him and it worked out.”

The win puts Markos at 4-4 in the UFC but probably doesn’t help her move up the strawweight rankings given that Lima was below her. For her next fight, Markos is hoping for someone in the top five, and to break the pattern she’s been stuck in since arriving in the UFC.

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