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Claudia Gadelha vs. Randa Markos added to UFC 239

Claudia Gadelha (left) lost a decision to Nina Ansaroff in her last Octagon appearance.
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The UFC has officially announced a strawweight clash between Claudia Gadelha and Randa Markos for UFC 239 in Las Vegas, NV, on July 6. The match-up was first reported by ESPN.

Gadelha (16-4), who once challenged Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the 115-pound belt in the UFC, was victorious in only one of her last three Octagon appearances, with a split decision win over Carla Esparza sandwiched by decision losses to Jessica Andrade and Nina Ansaroff. Gadelha won five of nine since joining the UFC in 2014.

Markos (9-6-1), on the other hand, recently scored an impressive first-round armbar victory over Angela Hill, bouncing com a majority draw with Marina Rodriguez and a decision loss to Nina Ansaroff. The 33-year-old fighter, who defeated the likes of Tecia Torres and Felice Herrig on TUF 20 in 2014, racked up a 5-5-1 record so far in the promotion.

Headlined by Jon Jones’ defense of the light heavyweight belt against Thiago Santos at the T-Mobile Arena, UFC 239 also includes a bantamweight title fight between two-division champion Amanda Nunes and former titleholder Holly Holm.