After getting leap-frogged for no apparent reason, heavyweight stud Cain Velasquez will now be taking on Ben Rothwell at UFC 104, instead of Shane Carwin, who was abruptly promoted to top contender status.
AOL FanHouse was the first to report Velasquez’ new opponent, a definite letdown, not just in quality of opponent, but also that Carwin was auspiciously given the nod to challenge champion Brock Lesnar for his title over him.
No official word as to why Valasquez was the one made to take the backseat.
Velasquez, like Carwin, is one of the division’s hottest stars and both have expressed their desires to challenge for the strap sooner rather than later.
Velasquez is coming off a convincing unanimous decision victory over Cheick Kongo at UFC 99 in June, bumping his record to a perfect 6-0.
Rothwell was slated to fight Chase Gormley at “Affliction: Trilogy,” but we all know how that went. The 27-year-old has won 14 of his past 15 contests, including wins over MMA veterans Ricco Rodriguez, Travis Fulton and Roy Nelson.
UFC 104 will be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between current champion Lyoto Machida and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Carwin will battle Lesnar for his gold at UFC 106 in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 21st.