Cain Velasquez vs. Ben Rothwell

by Ariel Helwani | source: mma.fanhouse.com
 

Cain Velasquez found a new opponent for UFC 104 rather quickly.

FanHouse has learned that Velasquez has agreed to face UFC newcomer Ben Rothwell on October 24 in Los Angeles. Velasquez was originally supposed to face Carwin at UFC 104, but as FanHouse reported earlier, Carwin will now be facing Brock Lesnar for the heavyweight title at UFC 106 on November 21.

Rothwell was once supposed to face Chase Gormley at UFC 104. That bout was originally supposed to take place at the ill-fated Affliction Trilogy event on August 1.

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sandmanstebelton site profile image  

8/21/09 1:11 PM by sandmanstebelton

I remember Bens first ammy fights. Hes been ko'ing guys for 10 yrs. Glad to see him get in the UFC, definetly earned.

Juijitsuboxer site profile image  

8/21/09 8:48 AM by Juijitsuboxer

ttt

nhmmafan site profile image  

8/20/09 6:19 PM by nhmmafan

Funny how you mention 3 fights on the main card and one on the undercard. this card is great....Champ Lyoto Machida vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (for light-heavyweight title)Ben Rothwell vs. Cain VelasquezYushin Okami vs. Chael SonnenSean Sherk vs. Gleison TibauSpencer Fisher vs. Joe StevensonAnthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki YoshidaRyan Bader vs. Eric SchaferRob Kimmons vs. Jorge RiveraPatrick Barry vs. Antoni HardonkRazak Al-Hassan vs. Kyle KingsburyBad ass card

doerksenfan site profile image  

8/20/09 4:34 PM by doerksenfan

I also think Rothwell/Velasquez is closer than some may think. Granted, Rothwell likely won't have the accuracy in his punches that Kongo showed, but he's still heavy-handed, and just a bigger guy that Cain will have to consistently take down.

GaymidaGaydan site profile image  

8/20/09 4:29 PM by GaymidaGaydan

Based on what?

bam57bam site profile image  

8/20/09 4:23 PM by bam57bam

easily!

TPhenom01 site profile image  

8/20/09 4:21 PM by TPhenom01

I don't know how you, or anyone else, can describe UFC 104's undercard as 'fucking awesome'. I'm not the type to complain about the overall quality of cards frequently because fight quality isn't close to entirely contingent on name value. However, this event is being held in the Staples Center, one of the greatest fight venues in the U.S. If there was ever a card to stack with intriguing matchups from top to bottom, this was it. But the UFC has simply dropped the ball. Stylistically, there are several potential snooze-fests and there isn't a single matchup with immediate title implications. That is of course unless you are under the impression that a victory over Rothwell would give Velasquez the winner of Carwin/Lesnar, which isn't going to be the case if Couture beats Big Nog simply because of marketability. All Couture has to do is 'win impressively' as the UFC has stated and he'll be squaring off against the winner of Carwin vs. Lesnar, not Velasquez regardless of how dominant he is at UFC 104.This card simply isn't marketable outside of the main event. Carwin vs. Velasquez was a very intriguing matchup between two undefeated, seemingly dominant heavyweights with a title shot on the line. Without that matchup on the card, it looks horrendous outside of the Shogun/Machida fight IMO.

bonersaurus site profile image  

8/20/09 4:20 PM by bonersaurus

 Maybe Gormley can get Yvel.

JDV site profile image  

8/20/09 4:11 PM by JDV

104 is a fucking awesome card... anything less than 3 title fights and their favorite fighter and people are complaining. This fight sounds very interesting too, and hopefully Gormley gets a good replacement fight.

B0NESAW site profile image  

8/20/09 4:08 PM by B0NESAW

I like it as a replacement for Carwin, but the undercard is still terrible