All that’s left for Markos to do is make that walk to the Octagon inside the UFC APEX and lay it all on the line. And that’s going to be the easy part. At times, Markos has concerned herself with what her opponent is going through and has struggled to find her confidence. Not anymore. Now it’s all business and she’s confident in the sacrifices and effort that she’s put into her training camp for Pinheiro.

“I never saw myself [having three losses in a row] and I know what I’m capable of and last year I didn’t show any of it. I honestly don’t feel that much pressure because it’s almost like no one is expecting anything from me, especially after watching my last year,” Markos said. “I just feel excited to do what I’ve been working on and I feel like I’ve gained a lot of knowledge in the last three months and I’m excited to put it to work.

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“I’m sure she’s hungry, but I don’t give a s*** what she is. I don’t really care too much about what she feels…She’s aggressive, she likes to come forward and she likes to throw, but it’s nothing that I haven’t seen before. I’ve fought everybody. It’s going to be a tough fight because we are both aggressive and that’s where it’s going to be exciting.”

This renewed version of “Quiet Storm” is clearly looking to make plenty of noise against Pinheiro.


Watch Markos fight for redemption on the UFC Fight Night: Reyes Vs. Prochazka prelims, which begin on ESPN+ 7pm ET / 4pm PT.