(Markham starches Brodie Farber during his Octagon debut last July.)
Following withdrawals by Anderson Silva, Brock Lesnar, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Gabriel Gonzaga, Carlos Condit, and Tyson Griffin, MMA Weekly reports that the latest fighter to pull out of UFC 108 (January 2, Las Vegas) is Rory Markham, who recently aggravated an old achilles tendon injury, and may be out of action for up to a year. Markham, who hasn’t competed since his first-round knockout loss against Dan Hardy at UFC 95, was slated to take on fellow welterweight Martin Kampmann, who is coming off his own loss against Paul Daley; Kampmann is still expected to compete on the card against an opponent to be named later.
Though not all of the matchups have been officially confirmed, UFC 108′s lineup is currently looking like this:
Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva
Paul Daley vs. Dustin Hazelett
Jim Miller vs. Sean Sherk
Junior Dos Santos vs. Gilbert Yvel
Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout
So who will be the next to fall victim to the UFC’s New Year’s Jinx? Currently, "Steve Cantwell via knee injury" is a solid pick at -130, though "Gilbert Yvel via staph infection" is a very attractive underdog bet at +210.