An undisclosed injury has forced heavyweight Ben Rothwell (pictured) out of his UFC 203 shootout against former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum.
Have no fear, Travis Browne is here!
On Friday, the UFC announced Browne agreed to face Werdum in the September 10 event.
Both fighters will be looking to rebound off disappointing losses. Werdum had won six straight bouts prior to getting knocked out cold by Stipe Miocic in May that cost him his title. Although “Vai Cavalo” was unable to make one successful title defense, he is considered in some circles as one of the best heavyweights in MMA history given the wins he’s posted throughout his 14-year career.
Browne, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back from last month’s TKO defeat to Cain Velasquez at UFC 200. “Hapa” has had trouble finding consistency having alternated between wins and losses over his past six outings.
Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio hosts UFC 203. Heavyweight champ Miocic will make his first ever title defense when he faces Alistair Overeem in the show’s featured attraction.
Here is the show’s current lineup:
Joanne Calderwood vs. Jessica Andrade
Drew Dober vs. Erik Koch
Phil “CM Punk” Brooks vs. Mickey Gall
Fabricio Werdum vs. Travis Browne
Alistair Overeem vs. Stipe Miocic (UFC heavyweight champion)