Former UFC middleweight fighter Ronny Markes has signed a multi-fight deal with the World Series Of Fighting promotion.

Markes made it to the UFC back in 2011 after a victory over Paulo Filho, and made a strong start to his time in the Octagon with three wins in a row, dropping down to middleweight in the process.

However, stoppage defeats to Yoel Romero and Thiago Santos, together with coming in overweight for his last fight resulted in him being released from the UFC earlier this year.

World Series Of Fighting hope to circumvent his weight problem by having him move back up to 205lbs, and despite his losses matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz has made the bold claim that he is, “going to build the division around him.”

While WSOF have been building up a nice selection of familiar fighters in some of their other divisions lately, their roster currently has a small handful of notable fighters competing at light-heavyweight such as Tyrone Spong and Mike Kyle.

Spong was previously the division’s biggest star, but he is currently out long-term with a broken leg he suffered in a kickboxing bout last month, while former Strikeforce figher Kyle is coming off back-to-back losses.

With that in mind the promotion could use a new star in that weight category to hang their hat on and it will be interesting to see if Markes can rise to that challenge.

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