Rizzo vs. Rothwell Added to "Day of Reckoning"

Written by Tom Ngo
August 13th, 2008

Affliction Entertainment Vice President, Tom Atencio, confirmed today that they have added another heavyweight bout to their second promotional event. MMA veteran Perdo Rizzo will be taking on former IFL great Ben Rothwell on Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” card, which is to take place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 11.

Atencio confirmed the fight today with MMAWeekly.com. It was rumored late last night that Rothwell might be facing Siala “Mighty Mo” Siliga on the card, however Atencio dispelled those rumors quickly.

Rizzo lost to Josh Barnett by TKO in the 2ndRound of their match up at Affliction’s inaugural event last month. He looks to get his MMA career back on track against a game opponent.

Rothwell also lost at the promotions debut event, bowing out via TKO in the 3rd round against Andrei Arlovski. He had won 15 consecutive fights heading into the match up, however the Arlovski of old showed up and convincingly put an end to speculation that he was washed up.

“I’m excited about the fight,” Rothwell said. “For me on a personal level, Rizzo’s a guy that I watched when I was first starting in the sport, and always looked up to him. I think he’s one of the most down to earth, coolest guys. I’ve had some mental blocks of whatever sort, but I feel like I’ve got that situated and I’m prepared to do what I’ve got to do.”

Here are the other fighters Rumored to be competing on the “Day of Reckoning” card:

Jay Hieron vs. TBD
Chris Horodecki vs. TBD
Pedro Rizzo vs. TBD

Preliminary Bouts (HDNet):

Mike Pyle vs. Jason High
Roy Nelson vs. Paul Buentello

Main Bouts (PPV):

Ben Rothwell vs. Pedro Rizzo
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Vitor Belfort vs. Matt Lindland
Renato “Babalu” Sobral vs. Tito Ortiz
Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett

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