Rory Markham (born March 25, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. He previously fought for the Quad City Silverbacks of the International Fight League. He is currently contracted with the Ultimate Fighting Championship for a three fight deal.
Markham began his professional MMA career in June 2004 with a second round armbar submission over expert journeyman Jason Guida. Following the victory Markham won his next five fights before falling to Trevor Garrett in a first round TKO. One of Markham's most notable victories to date is a highlight reel head kick knockout of Brodie Farber at Ultimate Fight Night 14: Silva Vs. Irvin. This KO earned him a Knockout of the Night award at his UFC debut.
Dan Hardy beat Markham at UFC 95 in the first round (1:09) by KO with a clean counter left hook. A follow-up shot on the mat brought in Kevin Mulhall to stop the fight. In his post-fight interview, Hardy retorted to Markham's pre-fight accusation that he had weak hands by exclaiming to the ecstatic crowd, "No punching power? What do you have to say about that?”
Rory stated in interviews that he has always loved fighting and martial arts movies. He first got involved in traditional Karate when he was young, then moved on to Shidokan, Kenpo and entered his first full-contact competition in Kyokushin Karate. When he was 13 he was already fighting in bare-knuckle tournaments and paired against opponents in their 20's, knocking some of them out with head kicks. When Rory was 20 years old he started boxing and became affiliated with Pat Miletich. .
While many of his most admired people are boxers (Sugar Ray Robinson, Gene Tunney, Rocky Marciano), Markham is an avid reader of many different biographies, which he analyzes and applies their perspectives to his own life.
In addition to his prowess in the ring, Markham will be applying some of those experiences into a new venture, as he has taken acting classes and has a role in the movie The Death and Life of Bobby Z with Paul Walker and Laurence Fishburne.
Rory has a girlfriend named Nicolette, who is a hair stylist in Illinois and owns her own beauty salon.
|16-6||Loss||Nate Diaz||TKO (punches)||UFC 111: St-Pierre vs Hardy||3/27/2010||1||2:47||Newark, New Jersey, USA|
|16-5||Loss||Dan Hardy||KO (Punch)||UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson||2/20/2009||1||1:09||London, England|
|16-4||Win||Brodie Farber||KO (Head Kick)||UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Irvin||7/19/2008||1||1:37||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Won Knockout of the Night award|
|15-4||Win||Jay Ellis||Submission (Triangle Choke)||AMMA 1 - Adrenaline MMA 1||6/14/2008||1||1:57||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|14-4||Loss||Brett Cooper||TKO (Punches)||IFL - World Grand Prix Finals||12/29/2007||2||1:15||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|14-3||Win||Chris Clements||TKO (Strikes)||IFL - 2007 Semifinals||8/2/2007||1||1:17||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|13-3||Win||Pat Healy||KO (Punches)||IFL - Moline||4/7/2007||3||1:47||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|12-3||Loss||Chris Wilson||TKO (Punches)||IFL-Championship Final||12/29/2006||1||2:14||Uncasville, Connecticut, United States|
|12-2||Win||Keith Wisniewski||TKO (Corner Stoppage)||IFL-World Championship Semifinals||11/2/2006||3||4:00||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|11-2||Win||Marcelo Azevedo||TKO (Punches)||IFL-Gracie vs. Miletich||9/23/2006||1||3:58||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|10-2||Win||Brad Blackburn||KO (Punch)||IFL-Championship 2006||6/3/2006||2||0:23||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|9-2||Win||Mike Pyle||KO (Punch)||IFL-Legends Championship 2006||4/29/2006||1||0:44||Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|8-2||Loss||Trevor Garrett||TKO||XFO 10-Explosion||3/18/2006||1||0:47||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
|8-1||Win||Brian Green||KO||XFO 9-Xtreme Fighting Organization 9||1/28/2006||1||0:26||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
|7-1||Win||Mike Van Meer||KO||EC 64-Extreme Challenge 64||10/15/2005||1||1:48||Osceola, Iowa, United States|
|6-1||Win||Victor Moreno||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||EC 61-Extreme Challenge 61||4/22/2005||1||4:16||Osceola, Iowa, United States|
|5-1||Win||Jimmy Boyd||Submission (Triangle Choke)||XFO 5-Xtreme Fighting Organization 5||3/19/2005||1||2:13||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
|4-1||Win||James Warfield||TKO||XFO 3 - Xtreme Fighting Organization 3||10/2/2004||2||1:12||McHenry, Illinois, United States|
|3-1||Win||Ryan Williams||Submission (Triangle Choke)||CFC 1-Courage Fighting Championships 1||7/24/2004||2||2:53||Decatur, Illinois, United States|
|2-1||Win||Jason Guida||Submission (Armbar)||XFO 2-New Blood||6/26/2004||2||0:58||Fontana, Wisconsin, United States|
|1-1||Loss||Kurt Illeman||TKO (Cut)||EC 55-Extreme Challenge 55||12/5/2003||1||1:26||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
|1-0||Win||John Bulger||KO (Strikes)||EC 54-Extreme Challenge 54||10/12/2003||1||0:59||Lakemoor, Illinois, United States|
- ↑ http://archive.is/20120712105158/mmajunkie.com/news/14069/ufc-95-sanchez-vs-stevenson-event-recap.mma
- ↑ http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/blog/mma_experts
- ↑ http://www.setanta.com/uk/Articles/other-sports/2009/02/21/UFC-95-Hardy-v-Markham/gnid-41358/
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- ↑ http://www.purefight.org/videos/speaker/1771-markham-rory
- ↑ IFL Bio
- ↑ Rory Markham Exclusive. Spike.com (2009-02-13). Retrieved on 2009-03-09.