UFC News: UFC Signs Rory Markham to Debut July 19

Five Ounces of Pain is reporting that the UFC has signed former IFL welterweight Rory Markham to a contract.  The terms are not yet known and the UFC has not yet officially announced the signing, but it seems to be from reliable sources who also say Markham may debut at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19th. 

Markham, who trains out of Miletich Fighting Systems in Davenport, Iowa, is 14-4 according to Sherdog.com’s fight finder. One of the hardest punchers at 170 pounds, Markham accumulated an impressive 7-2 overall record while with the IFL. He holds notable wins over Mike Pyle, Brad Blackburn, Keith Wisniewski, and Pat Healy.  Markham fought and won last weekend during Adrenaline MMA’s inaugural card, where he submitted Jay Ellis with a triangle choke at 1:57 of round 1. Despite having just fought, there are tentative plans for Markham to make his UFC debut on July 19 at UFC Fight Night 14. His likely opponent is expected to be Brodie Farber, a veteran who has been fighting primarily in Mexico as of late for the MMA Extreme promotion.

Markham could add some depth to the UFC welterweight divison and could contend with some of the top 10-15 guys.  We will see…IFL guys haven’t done so hot in the UFC.


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