Mixed Martial Arts

Report: Rothwell wants to face Cro Cop at UFC 115 in Vancouver

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TSN.ca Staff
2/23/2010 11:36:12 AM
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After coming down with what was diagnosed as "traveler's flu," "Big" Ben Rothwell was forced to withdraw from his fight with Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic at UFC 110 in Australia.

Now it appears his camp is optimistic that the fight against Cro Cop will still take place, only this time at UFC 115 in Vancouver.

One of Rothwell's chief trainers, Duke Roufus admitted that his fighter is willing to accept a bout for the June 12 event, according to a report on MMAjunkie.com.

Despite Rothwell's late removal from the UFC 110 fight card, Cro Cop still fought against his replacement Anthony Perosh, in what turned into a fairly one-sided performance. Cro Cop stalked Perosh around the ring for two rounds, before the fight was stopped at the end of the second round due to a cut that had been opened up above Perosh's eye.

While Cro Cop hasn't made the impact in the UFC that many hoped, he still remains a dangerous striker. His only loss in the last two years came at the hands of rising star Junior Dos Santos at UFC 103.

Rothwell is a former International Fight League star, who made his UFC debut at UFC 104, but ran into undefeated Cain Velasquez and was stopped by technical knockout in the second round.

There have been no official announcements regarding the UFC 115 fight card, but the coaches for Season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, are expected to be part of the main event at GM Place.

In addition, Japanese star Yoshihiro Akiyama is rumoured to potentially face Wanderlei Silva, while Kelowna B.C native Rory MacDonald (10-0) will likely put his undefeated record on the line when he takes on former WEC champion Carlos Condit.

UFC 115 was set in motion after the Vancouver city council approved a two-year trial period for mixed martial arts this past December. It will be the first UFC fight card held on Canadian soil, outside of Montreal.

Mirko Cro Cop (Photo: Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

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