UFC welterweight Rory Markham is trading in the gloves and blood for the lights and cameras. MMAjunkie.com first broke the news of Markhamâ€™s planned profession switch.
Apparently Markham just wrapped up his first major acting gig, a stint in the upcoming film â€œSetupâ€, in which heâ€™ll star alongside none other than Bruce Willis, 50 Cent, Ryan Phillipe and a man familiar with juggling fighting and acting, Randy Couture.
Markham also recently had a part in the Adrien Brody and Forrest Whitaker driven â€œThe Experimentâ€, which headed to DVD in August.
It seems this Markham is enjoying himself in front of the cameras, â€œIt gives us a chance to explore," Rory told MMAjunkie. "You don't really get to explore when you're an MMA fighter. You do your work, and then you get to explore one night in a fight."
While Markham is definitely enjoying his current acting wave, he hasnâ€™t forgotten his roots though it seems evident heâ€™ll travel both career paths in the future, â€œI know that I'm a fighter first," Markham said. "But I know that my career and my destiny is definitely going to end up in that realm."
Fight fans can rest assured however, Markham, who hasnâ€™t fought in nearly a year, is hoping to book a fight in late March, or early April. Weâ€™ll just have to see if the time away from the cage and in-front of the cameras has had any effect on his in-cage performance, an issue â€œRampageâ€ Jackson recently faced himself.