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UFC on FOX 17 live blog: Randa Markos vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

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Randa Markos and Karolina Kowalkiewicz will kick off the UFC on FOX 17 main card.
Randa Markos and Karolina Kowalkiewicz will kick off the UFC on FOX 17 main card.
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This is the UFC on FOX 17 live blog for Randa Markos vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz, a strawweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the Amway Center in Orlando.

Markos, who is 1-1 in the UFC, will face Kowalkiewicz, who is making her UFC debut, on the main card.

Check out the UFC on FOX 17 live blog below.

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Round 1: Referee Herb Dean is in charge of this strawweight scrap between Randa Markos and UFC newcomer Karolina Kowalkiewicz. They come out swinging punches. No feeling out here. Now they settle back and look to establish their range. Kowalkiewicz lands a stiff left that makes Markos scrunch her face in acknowledgement. Markos with a short right to Kowalkiewicz's chin. Markos looks for the clinch, but Kowalkiewicz avoids it. Kowalkiewicz with a nice right. Markos wings a huge overhand right that just misses. Neither woman has truly settled down nor found her groove just yet. Pretty even through two and a half minutes. Markos pushes Kowalkiewicz against the cage, and they clinch there. Markos has double underhooks but cannot complete the takedown. Now into over-under. Markos drags Kowalkiewicz to the ground but Kowalkiewicz pops right up and lands a hard shot to Markos' face for her efforts. Crisp uppercut lands for Kowalkiewicz. Front kick from Kowalkiewicz. She's loosening up, hands down. Markos scores with a series of punches as Kowalkiewicz lands two, three leg kicks consecutively. Big right hand from Markos and she charges Kowalkiewicz, eating a punch of her own in the process. Fun little flurry there at the end from both women.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Kowalkiewicz

Round 2: Kowalkiewicz opens the round with a big right hand a leg kick behind it. More leg kicks from Kowalkiewicz. Both women are still fresh, bouncing around and trying to establish rhythm. Kowalkiewicz tunes Markos up with a crisp one-two, and Markos checks her mouth briefly. Markos drags Kowalkiewicz to the mat, but the UFC newcomer gets right back to her feet again. They clinch along the cage. Markos takes Kowalkiewicz and lands directly in back mount. Kowalkiewicz elbowing Markos from this position. Markos has both hooks in, and Kowalkiewicz stands, now sporting a human backpack. Markos locks in the body triangle, and hand-fighting ensues. Kowalkiewicz trying to shake Markos off, and they tumble to the canvas. Markos maintains back mount and continues searching for the rear-naked choke. Markos rides out the round on Kowalkiewicz's back.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Markos

Round 3: They open Round 3 with a flurry. Both women looking aggressive, with Kowalkiewicz electing for tight combos and Markos electing for looping power shots. Advantage Kowalkiewicz there so far. At this point, it's pretty safe to say Kowalkiewicz doesn't look like a UFC newcomer. She looks relaxed and composed and has mostly came out on top in these stand-up exchanges. Kowalkiewicz looks for a body kick, Markos catches it, but Kowalkiewicz wriggles free. Spinning backfist lands for Kowalkiewicz and gets a little "Oh!" from the crowd, and Markos again bullies her foe against the cage and looks for the takedown. A three-punch combo lands for Kowalkiewicz. Markos with a big takedown in the center of the cage, but Kowalkiewicz reverses position immediately and lands on top. Kowalkiewicz working from half guard. Moves to full mount. Markos looking to scoot out, but Kowalkiewicz's base looks powerful. Ground-and-pound incoming. Big elbows, and Dean takes a closer look. Now knees to the body from the top. Back to half guard, now back up. They close the fight trading fists. Kowalkiewicz looking slightly fresher as they go to the scorecards despite pushing a strong pace throughout. Looks like she could easily go five full rounds if needed.

MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 for Kowalkiewicz and the fight 29-28 for Kowalkiewicz

Karolina Kowalkiewicz def. Randa Markos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)