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.”
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In medicine, a bleb is a large blister (usually approximately hemispherical) filled with serous fluid. Blebs can form in a number of tissues due to different pathologies, including frostbitten tissues, and as a cause of spontaneous pneumothorax. In the lungs, a bleb is a collection of air within the layers of the visceral pleura. In ophthalmology, blebs may be formed intentionally in the treatment of glaucoma.