Former International Fight League (IFL) welterweight standout Rory Markham (14-4) has inked a fight contract with Zuffa and will make his Octagon debut against fellow newcomer, Brodie Farber (13-3), at UFC Fight Night 14 from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 19.
The good news comes from the fine folks over at FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
Markham is a super tough competitor who has won seven of his last nine fights. He most recently defeated Jay Ellis via first round submission (triangle choke) at the first-ever Adrenaline MMA event earlier this month.
The heavy-handed Miletich-trained fighter has never gone the distance in nearly 20 professional fights -– win or lose –- since his pro debut back in 2003. Markham comes to scrap and leaves it all on the table … just ask notable opponents such as Mike Pyle and Brad Blackburn.
He’s a fine (and dangerous) addition to a very talent-heavy UFC 170-pound division.
His scheduled opponent, Farber, has been busy south of the United States border, competing in several recent shows in Mexico under the MMA Extreme banner. He is on a six-fight win streak that includes a nice balance of submissions and (technical) knockouts.
UFC Fight Night 14 features the light heavyweight debut of reigning 185-pound champion Anderson Silva against James Irvin. To check out the most recent card and rumors for the Spike TV special click here.