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Rory Markham Exclusive

by gdesanctis   February 13, 2009 at 1:35PM  |  Views: 136

Rory Markham will make up half the co-main event at UFC 95 when he takes on Britain's own Dan Hardy, Feb 21 live and free on Spike TV. Markham made his UFC debut last July at Fight Night 14 and turned heads with his highlight reel knockout over Brodie Farber, but still caught some criticism and now he'll be looking to prove he's for real. Check out this exclusive interview after the jump.

SP: How has your health been?

RM: Great; 100 percent. To have some time in between fights is really crucial. It's an under-looked and under-appreciated element of the sport. We need our rest; we need to get out of the game for a little bit. Even if it's just to stop answering questions from your buddies like, ‘Oh, hey, how's it been,' you know. It's just about gettin out of the game for a little bit. It's a crucial element for me, or else I'm really going to end up not liking my job, and I love my job so I want to keep it that way.

SP: You've had a lot of trouble in the past with injuries, so are you doing anything differently to help prevent that from happening in the future?

RM: Not really. In the past, my fights were so close together that a nagging injury would hinder some of my intense training, and if you've got a fight right around the corner, you have to back off of them. Now that I can space them out better and know when I'm going to fight, I can peak right and do all the right things, and that's how you're gonna get the best fights.

SP: I would never say this, but there are some out there who claim the Miletich Camp isn't what it once was. What do you say to those people?

RM: I just tell them to be patient. There definitely has been a changing of the guard; we have the new killers coming up in me, Ben Rothwell, Ryan McGivern, Mike Ciesnolevicz, L.C. Davis, and Josh Neer. Jesse Lennox is a new stud coming up. We've got plenty of guys, it's just younger guys and we're all chomping at the heels and we're all ready to go out there and improve ourselves. In any changing of the guard, there's a little time of hiatus. Right before the elephant wakes, he's in his deepest sleep and I think that's what's going to happen; you're going to see a whole new generation of Miletich Team comin' out and destroying guys. And some of are already established, so it's just a matter of time before we hit our stride.

SP: You're a big movie buff. Have you seen any good ones lately?

RM: Absolutely. Taken with Liam Neeson. It was the first time I had seen my girlfriend Nicolette literally sitting on the edge of her seat. I looked at her and said, ‘What are you doing?' and she said "I'm sorry, this is just so great." He was so believable as a character. Coming from a family man to becoming what he becomes, I just saw that character change and he really covered all the dynamics of a human being and I really loved his performance.

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