Less than a day after learning Rory Markham would be forced out of his “The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale” bout against TJ Grant, the organization wasted no time in finding Grant work as he will step in to fight Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 100 on July 11th.
MMAWeekly.com confirmed that Grant agreed to face the Korean inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The website stated that both sides have agreed to the scrap and bout agreements should be signed and submitted shortly.
Word hit the street yesterday that Markham recently suffered a quadriceps injury during training, forcing the organization to scrap his contest just five days before game time. Jonathan Goulet, a fellow Canadian, had previously alerted the UFC that a dislocated shoulder would prevent him from competing in their monumental centennial show against Kim.
The circumstances worked out tremendously for Grant as he now gets to fight in the UFC’s biggest MMA event ever. He is currently riding a five-fight winning streak, including a W over Ryo Chonan in his Octagon debut at UFC 97.
Kim has been semi-perfect though his first 13 professional bouts as he has a Draw and a No Contest on his resume. After taking a razor-thin split decision over Matt Brown at UFC 88 last fall, he technically lost his UFC 94 fight with Karo Parisyan, however the contest was subsequently overturned to a No Contest after the Armenian tested positive for Hydrocodone, Hydromorphone, and Oxymorphone – pain relieving agents that are recognized as banned substances.
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