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Nina Ansaroff vs. Randa Markos UFC on Fox 30 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/28/18

Randa Markos vs. Nina Ansaroff

UFC: Saturday, July 28, 2018 (Scotiabank Saddledome)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: UFC Fight Pass

Nina Ansaroff and Randa Markos fight Saturday during UFC on Fox 30 at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Nina Ansaroff enters this fight with a 8-5 record and has won 50 percent of her fights by knockout. Ansaroff has won seven of her last nine fights and is coming off a November win over Angela Hill. Ansaroff is averaging 5.22 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 48.4 percent. Ansaroff is averaging 0.51 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 40 percent. Ansaroff is coming off a bout in which she landed 143 significant strikes and proved just hw dangerous she can be when allowed to fight her style. Ansaroff is a stand up striker at heart who has little interest in takedowns and grappling, as she has just two takedowns on the UFC level and is above average in defending the takedown as well. Ansaroff is an accurate striker with some knockout power and usually outworks her opponents standing up. However, Ansaroff has lost four of her six career decisions, so conditioning may be an issue for the 32-year-old from Florida. This will be Ansaroff’s first career fight in Canada. 

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Nina Ansaroff vs. Randa Markos UFC on Fox 30 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 7/28/18

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Randa Markos enters this fight with a 8-6 record and has won 63 percent of her fights by decision. Markos has split her last 10 fights and is coming off a January win over Juliana Lima. Markos is averaging 3.07 significant strikes per minute with an accuracy percentage of 41.9 percent. Markos is averaging 1.64 takedowns with an accuracy percentage of 30 percent. Markos has yet to be able to put together consistent results and looks for back-to-back victories 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 nine of her 13 fights end in decision and her bouts can be tough to judge because of the lack of overall offense. Markos wants a fight against the cage or on the canvas where she can wrestle or gain position for a possible submission. Markos is a tough fighter who has only been finished once in her career and can be frustrating due to the defensive, passive style she brings to the octagon. This will be Markos’ seventh career fight in Canada, the country she’s fighting out of. 

This is going to be a tough fight to judge like most of Markos’ fights are. Ansaroff wants to stand up and strike her way to victory, while Markos wants a three round grappling session with takedowns and wrestling included. When we have a contrast in styles like this, I usually like to go with the fighter with the better ground game, as it’s much tougher to counter a ground attack than it is dodging a pure striker with no ground game. It takes just one takedown for Ansaroff to be out of her comfort zone. Not to mention Markos will have the crowd behind her as well.

This seems like the spot where Markos finally wins back-to-back fights.

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