Sports Canadian Randa (Quiet Storm) Markos snaps UFC losing streak with win over Souza
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LAS VEGAS — Canadian strawweight Randa (Quiet Storm) Markos snapped a four-fight losing streak Saturday with a unanimous decision over Livinha (The Brazilian Gangster) Souza on a UFC Fight Night card.
The judges scored it 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 for Markos (11-11-1), a graduate of Season 20 of "The Ultimate Fighter" who improved to 7-10-1 in the UFC.
Markos had lost five of her previous six fights.
"This was a make-it-or-break-it (fight)," the 36-year-old from Windsor, Ont., said after the bout. "That's it. This entire camp was I'm not ready to move forward, I love this. This is everything for me. Ever since I was young, I've been fighting. Not just with MMA. Just my whole life I've been fighting. This is what I do and this is what I love to do and I have to remember that. That's why I'm here."
Alec Baldwin Says 'No Words to Convey My Shock and Sadness' After Accidental Shooting on Film Set
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and director Joel Souza was injured Thursday after Alec Baldwin accidentally misfired a prop gun on the set of his upcoming western film in New MexicoIn a two-part statement issued on Twitter, Baldwin wrote, "There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours.
In the main event at the UFC's Apex production facility, Marvin (The Italian Dream) Vettori won a unanimous 48-46 decision over Paulo (The Eraser) Costa. Brazil's Costa is ranked second among middleweight contenders compared to No. 5 for Vettori. But the bout was contested at light-heavyweight after Costa arrived overweight for fight week.
Markos scored with some elbows in the clinch at the fence early in the first round.
Souza used a judo throw to take Markos down midway through the first round, delivering blows to the face before Markos gave up her back. Markos fought off a choke, got up and scored with some strikes in the clinch.
Markos finished the round on top of Souza (14-4-0).
The Brazilian took Markos down early in the second round but Markos reversed position, controlling from on top in half-guard for most of the round.
Joel Souza: 5 Things to Know About the 'Rust' Director Injured on Set
Filmmaker Joel Souza was one of two people caught in the crossfire of a prop gun discharged by Alec Baldwin on the set of the outlaw movie Rust. Baldwin, 63, misfired the prop on Thursday, October 21, while working at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Production was quickly put on pause after Souza, 48, was flown to a nearby hospital via helicopter to receive emergency care for his injuries. According to Deadline, he was released the following morning. Director of photography Halyna Hutchins also required medical attention and was transported to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. The cinematographer, 42, was later pronounced dead. “The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones,” the production company behind the film, Rust Movie Productions LLC, noted in a statement on Friday, October 22. “We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation. We will be providing counseling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event.” While there were no arrests made on set, the local sheriff’s department was conducting an investigation to find out “what type of projectile was discharged” on set. Souza wrote the screenplay for the Western movie, which Baldwin was coproducing.
Markos came out swinging in the third round, punishing Souza with strikes at the fence before the Brazilian took her down. Markos worked her way to top position midway through the round.
While Souza converted three of six takedown attempts, Markos held a hefty 66-11 edge in significant strikes.
Markos had lost to Amanda Ribas, Mackenzie Dern, Kanako Murata and Luana Pinheiro since an October 2019 split-decision win over Ashley Yoder. The loss to Pinheiro in May came by first-round disqualification for an illegal upkick.
The 30-year-old Souza, a former Invicta FC champion, is 3-3-0 in the UFC but has lost three of the last four.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 23, 2021.
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Hilaria Baldwin Holds Alec's Hand in Solidarity amid Rust Shooting Fallout: 'I Love You and I'm Here' .
Hilaria Baldwin publicly showed her support for husband Alec Baldwin amid the ongoing investigation into the fatal on-set shootingOn Saturday, the mom of six, 37, showed support for her husband on Instagram following the actor's latest comments about the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Hilaria posted an intimate photo of her hand on top of Alec's and wrote in the caption, "I love you and I'm here.