A heavyweight bout between Ben Rothwell and Chase Gormley, which had originally been slated for “Affliction: Trilogy” on Aug. 1, has been moved to UFC 104 set for Oct. 24 according to a new report on Sherdog.com.
Although Rothwell has been fighting professionally since 2001 and has an impressive record of 30-6, this will be his first time inside the Octagon. It will also mark Gormley’s UFC debut, who boasts an undefeated record of 6-0.
“Affliction: Trilogy” was cancelled after Josh Barnett, who was to take on Fedor Emelianenko in the main event, tested positive for steroids. First, Barnett was pulled from the card, then the entire card was shut down, and in the end, the entire Affliction MMA promotion closed its doors.
In addition to Rothwell and Gormley, the only other fight to survive the Affliction fallout thus far is Gegard Mousasi vs. Renato “Babalu” Sobral, which has been moved to Strikeforce’s Aug. 15 show in San Jose.
Gormley is coming off a unanimous decision win over Eric Pele at MFC 16 back in May. Rothwell’s last bout was a submission win over Chris Guillen at Adrenaline MMA 2 last December.
UFC 104, which will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., will feature a main event fight with UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida defending his title against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.