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Rory Markham
American martial artist

Rory Markham

Rory Markham
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Intro American martial artist
Is Athlete Actor Mixed martial artist
From United States of America
Field Film, TV, Stage & Radio Sports
Gender male
Birth 25 March 1982, Oak Lawn, Cook County, Illinois, U.S.A.
Age 41 years
Residence Chicago
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Rory Markham (born March 25, 1982) is an American professional mixed martial artist, stuntman and actor who most recently competed in the Welterweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2003, currently fighting in XFO MMA. Markham has also formerly competed for the IFL, representing the Quad Cities Silverbacks.


An experienced martial artist from a young age, Markham began training in Shidokan Karate at the age of six before later transitioning into Kenpo. At the age of 13, Markham began training in Kyokushin and began fighting in full-contact competitions when he was 15, winning all of his matches by knockout despite often being paired against much older opponents. Markham also began competing in boxing at the age of 17, holding an undefeated amateur record of 10-0. Markham later became affiliated with Pat Miletich.

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

In 2003, Markham made his professional mixed martial arts debut, winning via first-round knockout. Markham would go on to compile a record of 8-2, competing in the regional circuit, before being invited to compete in the International Fight League for the Quad Cities Silverbacks, under his coach at the Miletich Fighting Systems, Pat Miletich.


Markham made his IFL debut at IFL: Legends Championship 2006 on April 29, 2006, against veteran Mike Pyle. Markham won in 44 seconds via knockout.

Markham followed this up with three more wins in the promotion all via KO/TKO over Brad Blackburn, Marcelo Acevedo, and Keith Wisniewski, respectively, before facing future UFC veteran Chris Wilson at the IFL: Championship Final. Markham was handed his first defeated inside of the promotion via TKO in the first round. Markham soon bounced back with two more knockout wins over Pat Healy and Chris Clements, respectively, before being defeated via second-round knockout at the hands of Brett Cooper at the IFL: World Grand Prix Finals.


After the demise of the IFL, Markham fought for Adrenaline MMA's inaugural event on June 14, 2008, facing veteran Jay Ellis. Markham won via triangle choke submission in the first round.


With an overall 15-4 professional record, Markham was signed by the UFC. Markham made his debut at UFC Fight Night 14 on July 19, 2008 against Canadian Brodie Farber. After almost being finished early on in the fight, Markham knocked out Farber with a head kick. This victory earned him a Knockout of the Night award and was a nominee on Sherdog.com for "Knockout of the Year" and "Comeback of the Year".

In his next appearance, Markham faced British fighter Dan Hardy at UFC 95 on February 20, 2009 in London, England. Markham was knocked out with a left hook in the first round. Markham was then expected to face Martin Kampmann at UFC 108 on January 2, 2010, but pulled out due to a knee injury.

Markham then fought at UFC 111 on March 27, 2010 against Nate Diaz. After Markham was six pounds overweight at the weigh-ins, the fight was made a catchweight bout 177 lbs and was fined $1,000 as a result. This was significant as it was only the second time a fighter training with the Miletich Fighting Systems didn't make weight in 15 years. Markham was defeated via TKO in the first round and was released by the promotion.


After being released from the UFC, Markham signed with Bellator and was expected to make his promotional debut at Bellator 26 against Steve Carl on August 26, 2010 for a spot in the Season Four Welterweight Tournament. However, Markham pulled out due to not being cleared to fight.

Markham was next expected to face Rudy Bears at Titan FC 18 on May 27, 2011 but withdrew from the fight. Markham was most recently scheduled to fight on June 16, 2012 against Jon Kirk at Battle Xtreme Championship but the fight was cancelled.


Markham is a trained actor and member of the Screen Actors Guild. His films include The Death and Life of Bobby Z with Paul Walker and Laurence Fishburne; The Experiment with Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker; Setup with Bruce Willis, 50 Cent, and Ryan Phillippe; and Alex Cross with Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox.


Year Title Film/Television Role Other notes
2012 Alex Cross Film Nonied Soscheck
2011 Setup Film Markus
2010 The Experiment Film Wally Ziolkowski
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Film Half-Blood

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 16–6 Nate Diaz TKO (punches) UFC 111 000000002010-03-27-0000March 27, 2010 1 2:47 Newark, New Jersey, United States Catchweight bout of 177 lbs.
Loss 16–5 Dan Hardy KO (punch) UFC 95 000000002009-02-20-0000February 20, 2009 1 1:09 London, England, United Kingdom
Win 16–4 Brodie Farber KO (head kick) UFC Fight Night 14 000000002008-07-19-0000July 19, 2008 1 1:37 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Knockout of the Night
Win 15–4 Jay Ellis Submission (triangle choke) Adrenaline MMA 1 000000002008-06-14-0000June 14, 2008 1 1:57 Chicago, Illinois, United States
Loss 14–4 Brett Cooper TKO (punches) IFL: World Grand Prix Finals 000000002007-12-29-0000December 29, 2007 2 1:15 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 14–3 Chris Clements TKO (punches) IFL: 2007 Semifinals 000000002007-08-02-0000August 2, 2007 1 1:17 East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win 13–3 Pat Healy KO (punches) IFL: Moline 000000002007-04-07-0000April 7, 2007 3 1:47 Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss 12–3 Chris Wilson TKO (punches) IFL: Championship Final 000000002006-12-29-0000December 29, 2006 1 2:14 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 12–2 Keith Wisniewski TKO (corner stoppage) IFL: World Championship Semifinals 000000002006-11-02-0000November 2, 2006 3 4:00 Portland, Oregon, United States
Win 11–2 Marcelo Azevedo TKO (punches) IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich 000000002006-09-23-0000September 23, 2006 1 3:58 Moline, Illinois, United States
Win 10–2 Brad Blackburn KO (punch) IFL: Championship 2006 000000002006-06-03-0000June 3, 2006 2 0:23 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 9–2 Mike Pyle KO (punch) IFL: Legends Championship 2006 000000002006-04-29-0000April 29, 2006 1 0:44 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Loss 8–2 Trevor Garrett KO (punch) Xtreme Fighting Organization 10 000000002006-03-18-0000March 18, 2006 1 0:47 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 8–1 Brian Green KO (punches) Xtreme Fighting Organization 9 000000002006-01-28-0000January 28, 2006 1 0:26 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 7–1 Mike Van Meer KO (punches) Extreme Challenge 64 000000002005-10-15-0000October 15, 2005 1 1:48 Osceola, Iowa, United States
Win 6–1 Victor Moreno Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Challenge 61 000000002005-04-22-0000April 22, 2005 1 4:16 Osceola, Iowa, United States
Win 5–1 Jimmy Boyd Submission (triangle choke) Xtreme Fighting Organization 5 000000002005-03-19-0000March 19, 2005 1 2:13 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 4–1 James Warfield TKO (punches) Xtreme Fighting Organization 3 000000002004-10-02-0000October 2, 2004 2 1:12 McHenry, Illinois, United States
Win 3–1 Ryan Williams Submission (triangle choke) Courage Fighting Championships 1 000000002004-07-24-0000July 24, 2004 2 2:53 Decatur, Illinois, United States
Win 2–1 Jason Guida Submission (armbar) Xtreme Fighting Organization 2 000000002004-06-26-0000June 26, 2004 2 0:58 Fontana, Wisconsin, United States
Loss 1–1 Kurt Illeman TKO (cut) Extreme Challenge 55 000000002003-12-05-0000December 5, 2003 1 1:26 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
Win 1–0 John Bulger KO (punches) Extreme Challenge 54 000000002003-10-12-0000October 12, 2003 1 0:59 Lakemoor, Illinois, United States
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