A source speaking on the condition of anonymity has confirmed to FiveOuncesOfPain.com 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 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 joins Brad Blackburn and Reese Andy as former IFL fighters that are expected to debut for the UFC at UFC Fight Night 14.