Ben Rothwell. Photo by Tracy Lee. Courtesy of CombatLifestyle.com.
Former Affliction heavyweights Ben Rothwell and Chase Gormley have reportedly signed with the UFC and will make their promotional debut against each other at UFC 104, which is scheduled to take place on October 24 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The news comes from a report by Sherdog.com and also compliments a story posted by Inside Fights earlier today stating that Zuffa is expected to absorb the contracts of up to 20 unknown former Affliction athletes into the UFC and WEC as well.
Rothwell and Gormley were originally slated to face one another in a preliminary bout on Affliction’s “Trilogy” card this coming weekend prior to the show and promotion itself being put down for good.
The matchup also becomes the second bout that has been moved from “Trilogy” to another organization’s show. A light heavyweight clash between Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Gegard Mousasi was picked up by Strikeforce for their August 15 show yesterday.
Rothwell, a Miletich Fighting Systems product, rebounded from a brutal knockout loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski last summer to defeat longtime veteran Chris Guillen via first-round submission at Adrenaline MMA’s second show this past December.
Gormley has won his first six professional bouts, most recently earning a unanimous decision over Eric Pele at MFC 16 last May. The former standout collegiate wrestler was also scheduled to face former UFC title challenger Jeff Monson at a Vengeance Fighting Championship event in September.
UFC 104 will see Lyoto Machida will make the first defense of his newly-won UFC light heavyweight title against former Chute Boxe standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Additional rumored bouts for the event include Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer, Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons, and Antoni Hardonk vs. Patrick Barry.
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