A long-rumored welterweight bout between Dan Hardy and Rory Markham for UFC 95 on February 21 at the O2 in London, England has been finalized.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the news on Wednesday from a source close to Markham.
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.
Other reported matchups for UFC 95 include Joe Stevenson vs. Diego Sanchez, Josh Koscheck vs. Paulo Thiago, Demian Maia vs. Chael Sonnen, Nathan Marquardt vs. Wilson Gouveia, Junior dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve, Shannon Gugerty vs. Jeff Lawson, and Justin Buchholz vs. Terry Etim.
As of now, the UFC’s broadcast plans for the event have yet to be announced but the card’s headlining bouts are expected to air on Spike TV in the U.S. as opposed to pay-per-view.