Ronny Markes

Ronny Marki Sales da Silva (born April 21, 1988) is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently competing in the Light Heavyweight division of the Professional Fighters League. A professional competitor since 2007, Markes has formerly competed for the UFC, King of the Cage, and M-1 Global. He is the current King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Champion.

Ronny Markes
BornRonny Marki Sales da Silva
(1988-04-21) April 21, 1988 (age 32)
Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[1]
Weight211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)
DivisionSuper Heavyweight
Light Heavyweight
Reach75 in (191 cm)[2]
Fighting out ofRio de Janeiro, Brazil
TeamNova União/Kimura
Gracie Barra Portland
RankBlack Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Andre Pederneiras [3]
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout7
By submission5
By decision7
By knockout3
By submission3
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

MMA careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Markes made his professional MMA debut in 2007 at an event in Spain. Markes competed mostly in his native Brazil, with a few early professional fights taking place in Europe. He amassed an impressive 11-1 prior to signing with Zuffa in 2011.

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Markes signed with the UFC as an injury replacement for Stephan Bonnar against Karlos Vemola at UFC on Versus 5 on August 14, 2011.[4] He won the fight via unanimous decision (30-27 on all cards).

Markes dropped down to the Middleweight division and faced Aaron Simpson on February 15, 2012 at UFC on Fuel TV 1[5] After being dropped by an uppercut late in the first round Markes overcame adversity and defeated Simpson via split decision.

In his third fight for the promotion, Markes faced Andrew Craig on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX 7.[6] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Markes was expected to face Derek Brunson on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.[7] However, the bout was scrapped on the day of the weigh in as Markes was involved in a minor traffic accident. While Markes was not seriously injured, the incident prevented him from competing.[8]

For his fourth fight with the promotion, Markes faced Yoel Romero on November 6, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 31.[9] He lost the fight via knockout in the third round.

Markes faced Thiago Santos on March 23, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 38. Markes was unable to make weight for this fight.[10] He lost the fight via TKO in the first round, and was subsequently released from the promotion shortly after.[11]

World Series of FightingEdit

On May 15, 2014 it was announced that Markes had signed a deal with World Series of Fighting and plans to return to the Light Heavyweight division.[12]

Markes was expected to face Kelvin Tiller at World Series of Fighting 12: Palomino vs Gonzalez on August 9, 2014, However Tiller was pulled from the fight to replace injured Krasimir Mladenov[13] Markes instead fought promotional newcomer Cully Butterfield at the event.[14] He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Markes was expected to face Thiago Silva at WSOF 19 on March 28, 2015.[15] However Silva was pulled from the fight to face Matt Hamill at WSOF 19. Matt Hamill was later replaced by Teddy Holder.[16] Markes was then scheduled to face David Branch at WSOF 20 on April 10, 2015[17] However, on the day of the weigh-in, Markes was forced out of the bout due to dehydration and was replaced by promotional newcomer Jesse McElligott.[18]

Bellator MMAEdit

Markes was expected to make his Bellator MMA promotional debut against Josh Barnett on December 20, 2019 at Bellator's Salute the Troops event in Honolulu, Hawaii. However, Barnett was deemed unable to compete due to severe illness on the night of the event and the bout was cancelled.[19] The fight was rescheduled for Bellator 241 on March 13, 2020. However, Barnett failed his medical tests and was replaced by Matt Mitrione.[20] However, the whole event was eventually cancelled due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
26 matches 19 wins 7 losses
By knockout 7 3
By submission 5 3
By decision 7 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 19–7 Sigi Pesaleli TKO (punches) PFL 3 June 6, 2019 2 3:44 Uniondale, New York, United States Markes missed weight at 211.8 lbs; ineligible for points with win.
Loss 18–7 Brandon Halsey Decision (unanimous) PFL 9 October 13, 2018 2 5:00 Long Beach, California, United States 2018 PFL Light Heavyweight Playoffs Alternate bout.
Loss 18–6 Sean O'Connell TKO (punches) PFL 2 June 21, 2018 2 0:41 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win 18–5 Dylan Potter Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC: Fractured August 5, 2017 1 2:29 Lincoln City, Oregon, United States
Win 17–5 Smealinho Rama Decision (unanimous) Professional Fighters League 36: Fitch vs. Foster June 30, 2017 3 5:00 Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Loss 16-5 Viktor Nemkov Submission (guillotine choke) M-1 Challenge 77: Nemkov vs. Markes May 19, 2017 1 N/A Sochi, Russia Return to Light Heavyweight.
Win 16–4 Tony Lopez Submission (arm-triangle choke) KOTC: Heavy Trauma February 4, 2017 1 3:03 Lincoln City, Oregon, United States Super Heavyweight debut; won King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Championship.
Loss 15–4 Cassio Barbosa de Oliveira Submission (heel hook) Shooto: Brazil 61 February 13, 2016 1 1:47 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 15–3 Cully Butterfield Decision (unanimous) WSOF 12 August 9, 2014 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Return to Light Heavyweight.
Loss 14–3 Thiago Santos TKO (body kick and punches) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Henderson 2 March 23, 2014 1 0:53 Natal, Brazil Catchweight (190 lbs) bout; Markes missed weight.
Loss 14–2 Yoel Romero KO (punches) UFC: Fight for the Troops 3 November 6, 2013 3 1:39 Fort Campbell, Kentucky, United States
Win 14–1 Andrew Craig Decision (unanimous) UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping January 19, 2013 3 5:00 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 13–1 Aaron Simpson Decision (split) UFC on Fuel TV: Sanchez vs. Ellenberger February 15, 2012 3 5:00 Omaha, Nebraska, United States Middleweight debut.
Win 12–1 Karlos Vémola Decision (unanimous) UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle August 14, 2011 3 5:00 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win 11–1 Paulo Filho Decision (unanimous) International Fighter Championship April 29, 2011 3 5:00 Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
Win 10–1 Diogo Osama TKO (punches) Shooto: Brazil 22 April 1, 2011 1 0:45 Brasilia, Brazil
Win 9–1 Wendres Carlos da Silva TKO (submission to punches) Gouveia Fight Championship 2 January 21, 2011 3 4:57 Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Win 8–1 Fernando Silva TKO (punches) Brazil Fight 3: Minas Gerais vs. São Paulo November 27, 2010 1 3:08 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Loss 7–1 Paulo Rodrigues Submission (armbar) Iron Man Championship 7 October 7, 2010 1 4:43 Belém, Pará, Brazil
Win 7–0 Fernando Almeida TKO (punches) Amazon Show Combat September 9, 2010 1 N/A Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
Win 6–0 Wanderlan Vila Cruzeiro TKO (punches) Shooto: Brazil 16 June 12, 2010 1 N/A Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 5–0 Roque Oliver Submission (arm-triangle choke) Platinum Fight Brazil 2 December 5, 2009 1 2:42 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 4–0 Charles Andrade Submission (kimura) Natal Fight Championship 2 November 12, 2009 1 3:56 Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Win 3–0 Michael Knaap Decision (unanimous) BG: Top Team October 25, 2009 3 5:00 Beverwijk, Netherlands
Win 2–0 Junior Fofinho Submission (arm-triangle choke) Platinum Fight Brazil August 13, 2009 1 0:28 Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Win 1–0 Enrico Vaccaro TKO (punches) KO: Arena 6 January 27, 2007 2 1:05 Spain


  1. ^ "Ronny Markes". Sherdog.
  2. ^ "Ronny Markes' profile". Retrieved 2013-11-06.
  3. ^ "Com três vitórias por decisão, Ronny Markes quer nocaute contra Romero". TATAME. 2013-11-06. Archived from the original on 2013-11-04.
  4. ^ "Bonnar Injured; Newcomer 'Markes' in for UFC Live 5". June 17, 2011.
  5. ^ "UFC on FUEL TV 1 adds Simpson vs. Markes". December 14, 2011. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  6. ^ "UFC makes official Jan. 19 card in Brazil". November 3, 2012. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012.
  7. ^ Staff (March 12, 2013). "Derek Brunson vs. Ronny Markes targeted for UFC on FUEL TV 10".
  8. ^ Staff (2013-06-07). "Derek Brunson vs. Ronny Markes pulled from UFC on FUEL TV 10 lineup". Retrieved 2013-06-07.
  9. ^ Jamie Penick (2013-08-23). "UFC Fight for the Troops card adds Yoel Romero vs. Ronny Markes". Retrieved 2013-08-23.
  10. ^ Jesse Holland. "UFC Fight Night 38 adds Ronny Markes vs. Thiago Santos to March 23 card in Brazil". Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  11. ^ Guilherme Cruz. "Ronny Markes, Rafaello Oliveira, and Thiago Perpetuo are released by UFC". Retrieved 2014-04-27.
  12. ^ "Ronny Markes signs with WSOF, returning to light heavyweight". May 15, 2014.
  13. ^ "WSOF 12 loses Mladenov, shuffles lineup, needs new light heavyweight". July 21, 2014.
  14. ^ "Ronny Markes meets promotional newcomer Cully Butterfield at WSOF 12". July 23, 2014.
  15. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2015-02-06). "'WSOF 19: Gaethje vs. Palomino' set for March 28 at Phoenix's Comerica Theatre". Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  16. ^ Marc Raimondi (2015-03-03). "Thiago Silva vs. Matt Hamill now WSOF 19 co-main with Vinny Magalhaes sidelined". Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  17. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2015-03-05). "Branch-Markes on tap for WSOF 20 main event, Hamill-Silva set for WSOF 19". Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  18. ^ MMAjunkie Staff (2015-04-09). "Ronny Markes out of WSOF 20 headliner; Dave Branch now meets Jesse McElligott". Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  19. ^ "Josh Barnett's Bellator Debut Booked for Salute the Troops Against Ronny Markes". November 6, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  20. ^ Farah Hannoun (March 12, 2020). "No main event, no problem: Matt Mitrione happy to have less Bellator 241 responsibility".

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