Bellator Fighting Championships today announced that Bellator Season 2 welterweight semi-finalist Steve Carl (10-2-0) will take on fellow Iowa-native, hard-hitting UFC veteran Rory Markham (16-6-0) at Bellator 26 taking place at the Kansas City Power & Light District on Aug. 26th.
Nate Diaz fresh off a loss to Gray Maynard at UFC Fight Night 20, has already signed up for a fight with Rory Markham at UFC 111. Nate will jump up in weight for the first time, making his welterweight debut against the IFL standout.
“I could have been more explosive if I felt better, ,but I think that was probably his best day, and that was pretty much the worst I could have felt. [MMAJunkie]“
UFC 111 “St-Pierre vs Hardy” takes place on March 27 from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Rory Markham’s friend and author of “A Fighters Heart”, Sam Sheridan:
“He had a terrible weight cut in London, and cramped so badly after the weigh-ins that one of his lungs collapsed. He didn’t even know it. He just said he was feeling pretty shitty … After the knock-out, he got x-rayed, and the Doc said “Can I X-ray your chest, it looks weird”?” and Rory said sure, and they said “You have a collapsed lung.”
“The only thing he [Markham] said to me was “That was the worst weight cut I’ve ever done…I know what hell is like.”
“I’m not making excuses for him, and Rory definitely isn’t–he knows it wasn’t his night. Dan Hardy’s a tough guy. But that is some crazy shit. [In my opinion] he’s got to make the switch to 185.” [Underground Forum]
Markham spent two days in London for observation and is on 120 day medical suspension. For more information on a collapsed lung check this out.
TG ‘Fighters Only‘