Canada’s Randa Markos got the fight to the ground, and took the fight out of Angela Hill after locking in a first-round arm-bar and refusing to let go.
Randa Markos broke onto the scene on The Ultimate Fighter, where she went 2-1, losing to finalist and future champion Rose Namajunas. However, she did defeat mainstays Felice Herrig and Tecia Torres on the show. Since then, she’s alternated losses and wins in her first nine UFC fights, then fighting to a draw in her last appearance in September. She was back in action at UFC Nashville on Saturday, taking on Angela Hill.
Angela Hill was on that same season of The Ultimate Fighter, where she lost to season winner Carla Esparza in her lone appearance.
The two expressed something of a personal grudge heading into this one. Hill would open the affair with a kick, while Markos punched her way into a clinch only to be reversed against the cage. After a bit of a pause they’d begin trading, with Markos landing a standing elbow and both ladies landing. As they moved along the cage Markos would land a takedown off a hip toss, which allowed her to move to side control.
From there, Markos would doggedly pursue taking the back, but the tight quarters made it difficult. The pair were cramped against the fence. She then moved to an arm-bar, wrenching hard, but Hill fought it valiantly. However, despite trying to wall walk and squirm free, in the end, she could not escape. Markos forced the tap, earning a first round submission victory over the former Invicta FC champ.
Randa Markos def. Angela Hill by submission (arm-bar), Round 1, 4:24