09/23/2014 02:37 pm ET Updated Sep 23, 2014

Meet Randa Markos, The Iraqi Refugee-Turned-UFC Fighter

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Randa Markos didn't have much of a childhood. War will do that to a kid.

In the late 1980s, near the end of the Iran-Iraq War, Markos and her family were constantly on the move in their native Iraq. They moved from city to city, country to country riding on donkeys and in cabs, sleeping in churches, eating table scraps from strangers, even spending time in prison; Randa was only 3. Eventually, the Markos' immediate family scattered across the globe, with Randa, her parents and siblings landing in Canada. Other relatives relocated to Australia and Italy.

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