Randa Markos vs. Alexa Grasso UFC Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/5/17
Grasso vs. Markos
UFC: Saturday, August 5, 2017 (Arena Ciudad de Mexico)
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Randa Markos and Alexa Grasso fight Saturday during UFC Fight Night 114 at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.
Randa Markos enters this fight with a 7-5 record and has won 57 percent of her fights by decision. Markos has split her last eight fights and is coming off a February loss to Carla Esparza. Markos is averaging 3.08 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 39.2 percent. Markos is averaging 1.13 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 27.2 percent. Markos has been hit or miss recently, and she hopes to win back-to-back fights for the first time since 2013. Markos is what she is at this point, as she’s not much of a striker, has never produced a knockout, but she’s a tough fighter who doesn’t go down easily and is a highly skilled grappler. Markos has had seven of her 11 fights end in decision and her bouts can be tough to judge because of the lack of overall offense. Markos does have three wins via armbar, and she’s proven over the years she’s going to get the fight to her style and let the cards fall where they may. This will be Markos’ first fight in Mexico.
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Alexa Grasso enters this fight with a 9-1 record and has won 56 percent of her fights by decision. Grasso has won five of her last six fights and is coming off a February loss to Felice Herrig. Grasso is averaging 4.83 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 42.6 percent. Grasso is averaging 0.5 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 50 percent. Grasso hopes to bounce back from her first career loss, as she landed 22 more strikes than her opponent but was taken down twice. Grasso has raw skills for a soon to be 24-year-old, and she’s just getting her feet wet on the UFC side. Grasso is a brawler at heart, as she’s at her best when throwing powerful strikes and has displayed one-punch knockout power in the past. Grasso has shown flashes of a decent ground game and defends takedowns well, but she wants a stand up fight where she can unleash power punches and really hurt her opponent. This will be Grasso’s sixth fight in Mexico, her birthplace.
This should be a fun fight between the veteran, smart grappler in Markos against the young brawler in Grasso. Marks will have the clear edge if she can wear down Grasso in the clinch and take away her striking, while Grasso will win if she can stay on her feet. I’m leaning with Grasso here because we haven’t seen her striking limited in her first two UFC fights, and I tend to side with the fighter who is going to be the aggressor. And while Markos is tough, it only takes a couple of strikes from Grasso to really change the whole feel of a fight. Not to mention Grasso is also 5-0 in Mexico.
Give me Grasso to win this intriguing matchup.