by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
After a disappointing run in the UFC, which saw him go 1-2 in the Octagon, former IFL fighter Rory Markham was hoping that this Thursday’s Bellator show would be right place to start the comeback trail.

Unfortunately for Markham, his long history of injuries once again reared its ugly head and forced him to miss a scheduled bout.

Markham found out he would be unable to make Thursday’s fight after reporting to his doctor for the routine physical and blood work prior to a match.

“I went to do that and in passing I mentioned how I might have cracked a rib or something,” recalled Markham. “My doctor said we should check it out just to be safe, so I got an x-ray and he saw a little graying underneath the bone; which is usually air leaking out from the lung; and it turns out to be a bleb.

“It happens when you have a collapsed lung, which I had when I fought Dan Hardy. It’s going to heal on its own, it’s not going to need surgery, and that will be that.”

A bleb, according to WebMD.com, is an air-filled blister that, if it ruptured, could cause the lung to collapse again.

Markham is understandably less than happy about this latest setback.

“It’s absolutely devastating,” he stated. “This is one of those times where I miss the IFL, because no one is paying me to train.

“The fight is the payoff for the training. That is why every fighter trains as hard as they can, to test themselves and provide for themselves and their family. That only comes through fighting. So for me after all this time, training for five and a half weeks and not get a payoff for it is devastating.”

It’s to Markham’s understanding that he will be cleared to compete in around five weeks, and so until then he told MMAWeekly.com he’ll be doing all he can to stay ready to fight.

“I’ll keep dieting, but I guess I can’t do cardio, so I’ll do whatever I can so I can be ready to go as soon as I get cleared,” he said. “I’m in too good of shape to waste this, so there’s no way I’m going to let this be a bad thing.”

Markham said Bellator is understanding of the situation and will work with his manager, Monte Cox, on setting a return date as soon as he is cleared to fight.

“I want to make this up and fight again after that,” stated Markham. “I want to have two fights before the end of the year no matter what.

“I know I need to stay busy to stay sharp, on top of things, and keep winning fights. I need to put some serious wins together.”

While he’s had a run of bad luck over the last couple of years dealing with injuries, Markham does not want people to feel he’s a liability to book, and is instead a fighter that can be counted on to make his scheduled appearances.

“I want every promotion to know that they can be confident and put me on a show,” said Markham. “I want them to be able to bet on my health.

“This is not a serious issue. It’s just an issue that happened. It will heal like any other minor tear does and I’ll be back 110-percent and ready to put on a lot of great fights.”