A rumored welterweight matchup between Dan Hardy and Rory Markham that would place at UFC 95 at the O2 Arena in London on Feb. 17 has gained a lot of traction on various Internet news outlets over the course of the last week.
Despite the high level of speculation surrounding the proposed matchup, FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned Friday evening that the fight is not yet official.
A source close to Markham confirmed to Five Ounces of Pain that a bout with Hardy was indeed offered and that Markham signed the bout agreement. However, the source added that they were informed by the UFC that the bout wouldn’t be official until Hardy signed and that an executed agreement for the fight has not been returned. Markham’s camp is not entirely certain that Hardy will sign the contract.
Markham, a member of Pat Miletich’s Miletich Fighting Systems, is a former IFL veteran who made his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19, where he recorded a stunning first round knockout over Brodie Farber following a head kick just 1:37 into the bout.
Hardy is a native of the UK and just recently debuted for the UFC at UFC 89 in October. Facing former PRIDE competitor Akihiro Gono, Hardy won via split decision to improve his overall MMA record to 20-6. The win served as his fourth consecutive victory.