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UFC 111: Nate Diaz stops Rory Markham

Nate Diaz prepares to fight Rory Markham at

Nate Diaz prepares to fight Rory Markham at UFC 111 in Newark. (March 27, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Mario Gonzalez

NEWARK - Rory Markham entered his UFC 111 bout a bit of a fatty, at least in the sport's sense of the word. He didnt make the weight limit on Friday, coming in at 177 pounds instead of 170.

(Fighters are allowed to weigh one pound over the weight class limit to account for differences in scale, so Markham was technically just six pounds overweight.)

None of that extra weight made a diference for Nate Diaz. He still came in and imposed his will on Markham, winning by TKO 2:47 into the first round at UFC 111 at the Prudential Center.

Time to wonder if Markham's struggles to cut weight in the last hours Friday made a big impact on Saturday night.

Diaz and Markham traded punches and kicks for the opening 90 seconds before Diaz eventually connected with a flurry that dropped Markham. From there, Diaz, in his first bout at welterweight since moving up from lightweight, controlled the bout.

He got Markham's back and dominated Markham. He got on top of Markham and landed punches to his head and face until referee Kevin Peterson stepped in and stopped the bout.

Markham was fined $1,000 by the New Jersey Athletic Commission for not making weight, and that money goes directly to Diaz on top of his show and win money. Sure, $1,000 may not sound like a lot for a professional athlete, but fighters don't earn as much money as you think they do, so a grand is a grand is a grand.


VIDEOUFC 111 live stream of post-fight press conference at 1:30 a.m.

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