Ben Rothwell says he asked to step in at UFC Fight Night 79 after Mirko Cro Cop pulled out, was denied

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

Ben Rothwell can’t seem to get his way in the UFC. After Stipe Miocic pulled out of their fight in Dublin, only to wind up in the fight Rothwell wanted against Andrei Arlovski, Rothwell’s now been denied another attempted fight later this month.

The heavyweight posted on Twitter this morning to say that he attempted to get into the fight with Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, South Korea, following the retirement of Mirko Cro Cop. Obviously, the UFC did not oblige his request.

Rothwell has won three straight fights in the UFC’s heavyweight division, most recently taking out Matt Mitrione with a gogo choke in June.

Penick’s Analysis: A fight with Hamilton would have been a definite step down for Rothwell, but it’s clear he’s trying to just get back in the cage after losing out on a fight in Dublin. Most of the top end of the division is booked up right now, though, so unless the UFC has other plans in place for him, it’s slightly curious that they wouldn’t take advantage of him offering to fight when they’ve lost one of the main card bouts for that card.

The original version of this article mistakenly stated Rothwell was scheduled to face Stefan Struve. The error has been corrected.]

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