A welterweight matchup between T.J. Grant (14-2) and Rory Markham (16-5) will reportedly take place at “The Ultimate Fighter 9” finale on June 20 in Las Vegas.
The news of the bout comes from a recent report by MMAWeekly.com who cited sources close to the fight.
The fight replaces a bout between Matt Brown and Anthony Johnson that was canceled when Johnson injured his knee in training. Brown then also took himself out of the event due to nagging injuries.
Markham’s last fight was at UFC 95, where he suffered a knockout loss to Dan Hardy. Shortly after the fight it was discovered that Markham’s rapid weight cut caused a partial collapse of one of his lungs. He is now said to be fully recovered from that injury.
In his UFC debut prior to the Hardy fight, Markham defeated Brodie Farber by first-round knockout with a head kick.
Grant made his UFC debut last month at UFC 97 where he scored a split decision victory over Ryo Chonan. Grant is currently riding a five-fight win streak that has pushed his professional record to an impressive 14-2 so far in his young career. However, Markham will represent Grant’s toughest test to date.