Rory Markhan signs with the UFC; could debut at UFN 14 vs. Brodie Farber
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.
UFC Signing IFL Talent
In a move that strangely acknowledges just how talented the IFL's roster is or at least once was, the UFC has been signing several IFL fighters recently and not all of them standouts. To wit:
The inclusion of Andy and Blackburn is very intriguing, as they were two of the IFL’s better fighters. In the past, it has been said that the UFC has such a bias against the upstart New York-based fight promotion that it wouldn’t sign any of its fighters.
However, there doesn’t appear to be a bias, as in recent months the UFC has selected former IFL fighters such as Gerald Harris, Mike Dolce, and Dante Rivera for the cast of its seventh installment of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality TV show. Now, with the recent signings of other former IFL fighters such as Blackburn, Andy, and Andre Gusmao in recent weeks, the anti-IFL theory has been blown completely out of the water.
REDEMPTION FOR DOLLAWAY AT TUF FINALE?
Rarely does opportunity knock twice, but when C.B. Dollaway steps into The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on Saturday night, he will have a chance to redeem himself from a loss he suffered during the filming of the show that should have kept him from being the champion of season seven.
Not only that, but his opponent in the fight, Amir Sadollah, is the exact fighter that eliminated him from the show in the first place.
DAN LAUZON FIGHTS TONIGHT, READY TO MOVE UP
Dan Lauzon will be headlining World Championship Fighting event on Friday night against Brenden Hoxie. Lauzon has a wealth of experience for a fighter of his age. At just 20-years-old, he has already competed in 11 professional mixed martial arts bouts and has compiled a record of 9-2.
WCF’s card will take place in Lauzon’s home state, Massachusetts. Massachusetts is becoming one of the most popular states for mixed martial arts training, especially in the northeast. With Lauzon’s school, Reality Self Defense, and Sityodtong in Boston, there is a lot of interest being generated.
FIGHT-BY-FIGHT: ULTIMATE FIGHTER 7 FINALE
Middleweight Bout: Evan Tanner vs. Kendall Grove
Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner takes on Ultimate Fighter 3 winner Kendall Grove. Tanner has a 32-7 record and is a freelance fighter out of Nevada. Grove has an 8-5 record and trains out of Cobra Kai with Joe Stevenson.
Tanner comes off a knockout loss to Yushin Okami at UFC 82, while Grove also comes off a knockout loss to Jorge Rivera at UFC 80.
Both fighters are at crossroads at this point in their careers. Neither can afford a loss because it may spell the end for their UFC tenure. With that being said, look for these two to fight with little caution as they look to continue their UFC career.
CB Dolloway On Rampage: "He's still got a lot of learning to do as a coach."
TUF 7 alum, CB Dollaway will face Amir Sadollah at The Ultimate Finale Live this Saturday. Our friends over at CagePotato.com recently sat down with Dollaway and got his thoughts on a variety of topics including; his first fight with Amir Sadollah, his thoughts on fellow castmember and resident omega male, Jeremy May and much much more. Below are some of the highlights from their conversation:
More competiton for UFC for Entertainment Dollar
The UFC has seen increased competition this year with the initial Affliction show and the network debut of EliteXC, but there is another quasi-competitor that could affect their business in the near future. The WWE is on an uptick with arena attendance being on the increase:
In 2007, WWE's North American events averaged 6,600 spectators, up from 5,800 and 4,800 in the two prior years. That's a long way from the year 2000 -- the company's most recent heyday, when average attendance was 12,000 per event.
UFC Expansion: a Filipino One Two Punch
As the UFC looks to expand on an international basis, one of the keys to success will be having local fighters that they can market to the populace. All great promotion is done on a local basis, and having home town boys is a sure way to energize their countrymen to turn out in droves for your card.
The UFC is ahead of the game in that respect when it comes to The Philippines, a country mentioned on multiple occasions as a site of future expansion efforts for the company.
Brock Lesnar training jiu-jitsu with Rodrigo Comprido for UFC 87 Heath Herring fight
“It is not enough that Brock Lesnar is a freak of nature with a physique that few can match, and have top trainers around like Greg Nelson (Black Belt under Pedro Sauer) & Marty Morgan (University of Minnesota Wrestling Coach). Noooo, Lesnar is taking his MMA training so seriously that he contracted multiple times BJJ World Absolute Champion Rodrigo “Comprido” to add to his preparation team. Comprido is spending time at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy, adding his personal touch to Lesnar’s training as he prepares to fight in UFC 87 against Heath Herring. Comprido’s MMA training is in high demand especially coming off a super-successfull participation of his TEAM FLOMMA in the Adrenalin show.”
Newcomers Shannon Gugherty and Dale Hartt to meet at UFC Fight Night 14
Two more UFC newcomers have been scheduled to fight at next month's UFC Fight Night 14 event.
Lightweight fighters Shannon Gugherty (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Dale Hartt (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have agreed to meet in an undercard bout at the July 19 event. A source from Gugherty's camp alerted MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) of the bout, though Hartt's agent, Ken Pavia, could neither confirm nor deny the fight.
UFC Fight Night 14 takes place at The Palms Las Vegas and airs live on Spike TV.
TUF 7 Finale Preview
The Ultimate Fighter has revolutionized mixed martial arts world. If I would have told you three years ago that we’d be wrapping up the seventh installment of the show with the sport bigger and better than it’s ever been before, then you might have called me crazy.
But that’s exactly what has happened. The sport is near the top of the sports world – yet nowhere near its peak – and a ton of eyes will be on the little town of Las Vegas this weekend as another Ultimate Fighter is crowned to join the ever-growing list of Diego Sanchez, Forrest Griffin, Joe Stevenson, Rashad Evans, Michael Bisping, Kendall Grove, Matt Serra, Travis Lutter, Nate Diaz, and Mac Danzig. Below is your full breakdown of all of the fights on the card.
UFC Expansion: Priortizing A Must
Many have blamed the UFC's failures in fighter relationship management and merchandising on a UFC management team that was simply stretched too thin. Thus, yesterday's news that Lorenzo Fertita is moving over to the UFC in order to help facilitate the organization's international expansion can only be seen as a good thing.
UFC tickets for fight night special on July 19 on sale today (Friday)
Tickets for UFC Fight Night 14, which was announced and put together in record time, will be available to purchase during an exclusive presale that begins at 1 p.m. ET today (Friday, June 20) for the July 19 event at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
get ufc ticketsUFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will take on James Irvin in a light heavyweight showdown slated for the main event. No title will be at stake — “The Spider” is merely testing the 205-pound waters since he has all but cleared out the 185-pound division.
Here are the UFC Fight Night 14 tickets sale details:
UFC Fight Club presale: Friday, June 20 at 1 p.m. ET
General ticket sale: Saturday, June 21 at 4 p.m. ET
Affliction Is Counting On The Power Of DVR
“As far as I’m concerned, people are going to Tivo (the UFC show) and watch our fight, and then go back to (watch UFC) later,” he said. “Obviously you’re going to get those people who are going to watch something for free (rather) than pay. … But our card is definitely stacked. I don’t know anybody that can say it’s not a great card.”
that’s a valid strategy as it relates to hardcore fans. We’ll see whether it will work on those people we always hear about who only know the UFC.
Atencio is right when he says the card is stacked, though it’s stacked largely with fighters who appeal to that hardcore fan base and much less so to the casual fan, who may or may not have heard the name Fedor at any time in his life. Their success with this show — particularly with the UFC going up against them on Spike TV — could tell us a lot about the actual interest level in MMA as a sport, rather than simply the UFC as a brand.
CB Dolloway Interview
On Saturday night, Amir Sadollah and CB Dolloway will fight for the right to be crowned “The Ultimate Fighter 7” winner. MMARated.com’s Ariel Helwani spoke with Dolloway to get his thoughts on receiving a second chance at the contract as
well as Sadollah.
Ariel Helwani: First off, congratulations on making it to the finals even though it might not have been the route you expected. More to that point, where were you when you found out that you were being given a second chance?
CB Dolloway: Las Vegas. Actually, [UFC President] Dana [White] had us call back up there, me and Tim Credeur. We were talking about just having a meeting. We didn’t know why we were coming back up there and basically, I thought I was the only one who got called back up and as I am walking in, I see Tim walking in out of another car into the UFC Training Center so I figured something was up at that point.
Pre-'TUF 7 Finale' Interview with Diego Sanchez
"The Ultimate Fighter" season one winner Diego Sanchez will resume his climb towards a shot at the welterweight title when he steps inside the Octagon Saturday night in Las Vegas.
After consecutive setbacks to Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch in 2007, Sanchez returned in March 2008 at UFC 82 "Pride of a Champion" to overwhelm UFC newcomer David Bielkheden with strikes for a tapout victory.
On the main card of "The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale," Sanchez (21-2) takes on another fighter looking for a second straight win, Luigi Fioravanti (14-3), out of the American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida.