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MMA Crossfire – TUF 20: Ep 9 thoughts

Randa Markos continues to make Canada proud on TUF 20.

She did it again last night, upsetting #6 American Felice Herrig and collecting a tidy submission victory to move on to the TUF 20 semi-finals.

But it didn’t end the animosity in the Team Pettis camp, as MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman explains.

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MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman:

Cassie Wiseman
MMA Crossfire Expert Cassie Wiseman. She is a martial artist with over six years of study. Training primarily in South Korea, the proud Canadian from Roberts Arm, Newfoundland has black belts in Taekwondo, Hapkido, and proficient in Muay Thai kickboxing. Image courtesy Steve Bartlett

TUF 20: Ep 9

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Randa Markos and Felice Herrig. Courtesy UFC/Zuffa LLC

Wiseman: I’m shocked by not even the drama, but rather the bullying happening in this season. Some of the female fighters areĀ  showing really disgusting behavior. Felice Herrig is just one of those fighters. It’s not trash-talking like Conor McGregor, but rather forming little groups and causing sh*t in the house, which has nothing to do with fighting, and really nothing that shows professionalism.

I was personally cheering for Markos the entire time as it’s just ridiculousness that any one of the fighters should lose out on training, this isn’t a team sport. Herrig does have better standup and I thought that Markos would struggle to get her to the mat, which she did, but ultimately I had Markos with the submission game advantage.

I still don’t know how she transitioned into an arm bar, but Herrig got caught, which could happen to anyone.

Markos was the underdog in the standings, but certainly put on a show against a strong competitor. Herrig will be a force to deal with in the UFC, but the personality that she showed on the show resembles things that I’ve spoken against amongst kids at school who are bullied by others.

It’s just extremely disappointing that this is happening in a season that has all women.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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