A heavyweight bout between Ben Rothwell and Chase Gormley originally scheduled to take place on August 1 at the recently-canceled Affliction: Trilogy event has been re-booked and will now take place at UFC 104 on October 24 in Los Angeles, Sherdog is reporting.
Both fighters will be making their Octagon debut at the pay-per-view card, which is expected to be headlined by light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
An IFL veteran who trains under Pat Miletich and Duke Roufus, Rothwell (30-6) had won 13-straight fights, including wins over Roy Nelson and Krzysztof Soszynski, before suffering his first loss in nearly four years at the hands of Andrei Arlovski at Affliction: Banned last July. Rothwell rebounded at Adrenaline MMA 2 in December, scoring a first-round submission of Chris Guillen.
Gormley (6-0), an NAIA All-American Wrestler, has won all 6 of his professional fights, most-recently fighting at MFC 16 in May 2008, defeating Eric Pele via unanimous decision.
Rumors are making the rounds that the UFC has picked up approximately 20 former Affliction fighters, including Rothwell and Gormley, in its recently-announced collaboration with the former-promotion. UFC President Dana White will “break news” during a Friday press conference, with the rumored fighter acquisitions expected to be announced then.
Pictured: Ben Rothwell