With original opponents Mirko “Cro Cop” and Pat Barry set to fight at UFC 115, heavyweights Ben Rothwell and Gilbert Yvel have agreed to meet at the June 12 event in Vancouver, according to MMAjunkie.
Rothwell (30-7), a former IFL standout, made his UFC debut in October, suffering a second-round TKO to rising contender Cain Velasquez, and had been expected to return to action against “Cro Cop” last Saturday at UFC 110, but was forced to withdraw from the bout with a stomach virus and plans for re-scheduling the matchup have apparently been dropped.
Yvel (36-14-1), a PRIDE veteran well-known for his past poor sportsmanship, scored a first-round knockout of Pedro Rizzo last June before debuting in the UFC in January, suffering with a first-round knockout to Junior dos Santos.
UFC 115 has yet to be officially announced, but is expected to be headlined by the third meeting between former light heavyweight champions and Ultimate Fighter 11 coaches Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
Pictured: Gilbert Yvel