Although not yet officially announced, UFC heavyweight prospect Cain Velasquez (6-0) is expected to face veteran Ben Rothwell (30-6) at UFC 104 on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Velasquez was originally going to face big hand man Shane Carwin at 104, but as we reported a couple of days ago, the UFC brass decided to go ahead and give Carwin a title shot against Brock Lesnar at UFC 106, thus leaving space for Rothwell to slide in.
Rothwell’s plans got changed as well. He had a fight with Chase Gormley set for UFC 104 that had been picked up from Affliction’s cancelled Aug. 1 event. Gormley is now expected to face Stefan Struve on the same Oct. 24 event.
Rothwell was last inside the cage at “Adrenaline 2” last December where he won a first round submission-due-to-strikes victory over Chris Guillen.
Velasquez knocked out his first five opponents, and all but one in the first round. His most recent victory was a unanimous decision over Cheick Kongo at UFC 99 in June.
“UFC 104: Machida vs. Rua” features a main event light heavyweight title fight with defending champ Lyoto Machida taking on PRO MMA’s (promma.info) number four ranked light heavyweight in the world Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
By: Jack Bratcher