The fight marks Esparza’s (11-3) second fight back since losing her title to Joanna Jędrzejczyk in 2015. Her most recent bout was a unanimous decision win over Juliana Lima at UFC 197 in April. She entered that fight after a year-long layoff due to shoulder surgery.
Markos (6-4) has alternated between wins and losses for each of her last eight fights with the most recent being a first-round armbar loss to Cortney Casey at UFC 202 last August. Prior to that, she scored a decision win over Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger at UFC Fight Night 89.
UFC Fight Night 105 is set to take place at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on February 19 and will be headlined by heavyweights Junior Dos Santos and Stefan Struve.