MMA Odds and Ends for Thursday: Carla Esparza vs. Randa Markos set for UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax

480 Carla Esparza vs. Randa Markos set for UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax  TUF 20 rivals Carla Esparza and Randa Markos will clash next month at UFC Fight Night 105. UFC officials announced the women’s strawweight bout on Tuesday. Esparza (11-3) heads into this matchup off a decision victory over Juliana Lima back at UFC 197 last April. Prior to that, the 29-year-old lost her inaugural UFC women’s strawweight title to Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 185 in March 2015. Markos (6-4) is coming off a submission loss to Cortney Casey back at UFC 202. She’s 2-3 in the Octagon with wins over Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger and Aisling Daley while losing to Casey, Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Jessica Penne. UFC Fight Night 105 takes place February 19th at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Here’s an updated look at the card… Junior Dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve Cezar Ferreira vs. Elias Theodorou Jack Marshman vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos Alvaro Herrera vs. Alessandro Ricci Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Nordine Taleb Reginaldo Vieira vs. Aiemann Zahabi Carla Esparza vs. Randa Markos UFC veteran Elizabeth Phillips added to Saturday’s Invicta FC 21 card Elizabeth Phillips is a late addition to Saturday’s Invicta FC 21 card and will be making her promotional debut against Leah Letson. Phillips (5-4) went 1-3 in the UFC, earning a win over Jessamyn Duke but suffering setbacks to Valerie Letourneau, Milana Dudieva and most recently Raquel Pennington in August. Letson (3-1) also makes her Invicta FC debut and is riding a three-fight win streak into this matchup. The late addition was due to the cancellation of Brieta Carpenter vs. Heather Hardy. Carpenter suffered a concussion during training. Invicta FC 21 takes place this Saturday (January 14th, 2017) at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. Here’s an updated look at the card… Megan Anderson vs. Charmaine Tweet – for interim featherweight title Pannie Kianzad vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi Jodie Esquibel vs. Kali Robbins Leah Letson vs. Elizabeth Phillips Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks Andrea Lee vs. Jenny Liou Celine Haga vs. Amy Montenegro Christine Ferea vs. Rachael Ostovich

Written by James Lynch

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