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5 Oz. Exclusive: Rory Markhan signs with the UFC; could debut at UFN 14 vs. Brodie Farber

markham-wins-moline.jpg A source speaking on the condition of anonymity has confirmed to that the UFC has signed former IFL welterweight fighter Rory Markham.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed and the UFC has yet to officially announce the signing.

Markham, who trains out of Miletich Fighting Systems in Davenport, Iowa, is 14-4 according to’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 joins Brad Blackburn and Reese Andy as former IFL fighters that are expected to debut for the UFC at UFC Fight Night 14.

  • DougDrex says:

    Great addition to the UFC roster!!

  • Tim says:

    One of the most exciting fighters in the sport!

  • Evan says:

    Great signing!

    Sad to see the IFL ever so steadily crumble but glad to see himin the UFC.

  • Jeremy says:

    Wow, the UFC is going crazy signing guys for this card. I originally thought we might see more guys from the recent TUF season but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. IFL fighters galore are getting snatched up for this show. Markham is certainly one of the better ones they had and a good signing to increase the ever deep welterweight division.

    This has to be the unofficial(if it hadn’t come already) end of the IFL because I can’t see the UFC signing all their guys if it’s not an exclusive contract with the UFC unless these are just one fight deals for most of them.

  • Drewplata says:

    I thought the UFC was trimming its roster? And, considering all the shit Dana has talked about the IFL, it looks like he thinks they had a decent stable of fighters. While they’re at it, they might as well sign Matsushenko and Hieron (although his ties to Couture and the opportunity for an instant title shot might push him to EliteXC). Wagney Fabiano could be a great addition to the WEC, as would Chris Horodecki, if they could convince him to cut to Featherweight (the UFC LW division would eat him alive).

  • Andrej says:

    Sam Caplan you forgot Andre Gusmao was part of the IFL and has signed with UFC to fight in UFC 87. That make 4 fighters so far. inless you want to include Dante Rivera as well.

  • Sam Caplan says:


    Please re-read the last sentence again:

    “Markham joins Brad Blackburn and Reese Andy as former IFL fighters that are expected to debut for the UFC at UFC Fight Night 14.”

    Operative phrase: expected to debut for the UFC at UFC Fight Night 14.

  • Tim says:

    Markham brings it when he fights, I am pumped to see him showcase his skills on a larger stage.

  • saerbarnet says:

    I want to see Matyushenko(spelling?) back in the UFC.. There wasn’t a single guy that could threaten him in the IFL.

  • DPK says:

    It is good to see UFC cherry picking the good fighters from IFL, and bring them into the mix. This adds more depth to the org. I want to see Roy Nelson sign with UFC, we all know that UFC is in need of quality heavyweights. I think he might be in the same boat as Hieron, in that he can probably get a title shot over at EliteXC much sooner, and with alot less competition.

  • kirby says:

    I agree with Drewplata about Wagney Fabiano. If the WEC can sign him they should. If they don’t that’s ok, he’s got plenty of potential fights in Japam.

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