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Rory Markham forced to withdraw from UFC 108 due to Achilles injury


Rory Markham has been forced to withdraw from his upcoming UFC 108 fight against Martin Kampmann from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Jan. 2, according to MMAWeekly.

Markham injured his achilles tendon during training and has been advised by his doctor to stay off it in hope of preventing a possible tear.

It's the second time this year the Chicago native has pulled out of a fight after getting hurt -- he left TJ Grant hanging just five days before they were scheduled to meet at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 9 Finale in Las Vegas back on June 20.

This latest injury comes just days after the news that Dong Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim won't be joining Chris Lytle at UFC 110 in Australia after getting hurt with an undisclosed injury.

No potential substitute for "The Hitman" has been named at this time.

Markham ate leather against British export Dan Hardy this past February at UFC 95: "Sanchez vs. Stevenson." It was a fight that saw him a tad overeager to brawl it out -- which he would pay dearly for.

The loss erased the memory of his head kick victory over Brodie Farber at UFC Fight Night 14 in July of last year, a knockout that was widely considered to be one of the most brutal of 2008.

Hopefully the former IFL standout can get patched up soon enough to compete on one of the upcoming Spring 2010 cards either stateside or abroad.

UFC 108 features a re-worked main event between former light heavyweight champion "Sugar" Rashad Evans and the hard-hitting Thiago Silva. It's unclear at this time which fight will serve as the co main event; however, the recently promoted lightweight clash between Sean Sherk and Jim Miller will be featured on the televised main card.

To check out the latest UFC 108: "Evans vs. Machida" fight card click here. It's changed quite a bit.

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