This week saw the opening round of the quarter finals, with the first Team Pettis vs. Team Pettis match of #7 Felice Herrig vs. #14 Randa Markos. The majority of the episode focused on tension between Team Pettis during practices, that fighters competing against each other do not want to train with one another. This was especially true with Herrig and Markos. Both Herrig and Carla Esparza seemed to have a lot of issues with Markos this week and Markos didn’t want to listen to the team or coaches about separate practices. The tension ran pretty high between then before and after the fight. In the end Markos walked out victorious with an armbar submission victory over Herrig. Honestly when Herrig tapped I couldn’t believe it because it didn’t look like the submission was locked in, but I guess the modified armbar did enough damage, I just hope Herrig made the right call and can live with the submission loss. With Markos’ victory we have seen the first upset in the quarter finals.
Next week we will see #4 Jessica Penne (Team Pettis) vs. #5 Aisling Daly (Team Pettis). Last week I made the prediction that I want Penne to advance. This one is too close to call when it comes to rankings, but based on the opening round I was more impressed with Penne than Daly. In the previews for next week it looks like Daly needs to be boosted a little bit more to know what she is fighting for, just like in her opening round fight. This really makes me question if Daly has what it takes to be a full time UFC fighter, but I guess we will have to wait until next week to find out.