Many had hoped to see a new heavyweight contender crowned in Dublin next weekend — in a match-up of two highly ranked heavyweights in Stipe Miocic and Ben Rothwell.
But it looks like those fans will have to wait a little while longer, as the October 24 UFC Fight Night in Ireland has seen its lineup shuffled.
Miocic, who is 13-2 in his MMA career and ranked third in the UFC’s official rankings at heavyweight, bowed out of the event with an undisclosed injury yesterday. Today, the promotion revealed that no replacement bout will be scheduled for Rothwell, who has simply been pulled from the event.
The show will go on with eleven fights instead of the original twelve.
It’s a tough break for both. Rothwell is 35-9 as a pro and is currently enjoying a three fight win streak, finally distancing himself from the pack after six years in the UFC. Miocic has floated around the top five in the heavyweight division for more than a year, but hasn’t quite earned a title shot.
With their bout nixed, a lightweight attraction between Norman Parke and Reza Madadi has been moved to serve as co-main event.
Parke, who is 20-4-1 as a professional, is a native of County Antrim, Northern Ireland who is looking to snap a two-fight losing streak — the first of his career. His opponent in Dublin, the Iran-born, Sweden-based Madadi, is 13-3 in MMA.
UFC Fight Night Dublin, also known as UFC Fight Night 76, is scheduled for October 24 at the 3A Arena in Dublin, Ireland. The show is headlined by a featherweight bout between Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy.
UFC Fight Night Dublin will be broadcast on the UFC’s web subscription service, UFC Fight Pass.