by MMAWeekly.com Staff
Dutch heavyweight Stefan Struve will eclipse Ben Rothwell’s shadow to face Chase Gormley at UFC 104 on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles.
The match-up was first reported by Fighters Only and subsequently confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by a source close to the fight. Both parties have agreed to the contest and bout agreements are expected to be signed shortly.
The Rothwell/Gormley match-up was originally scheduled for Affliction “Trilogy” on Aug. 1 before the promotion closed up shop. The pair was acquired by the UFC in a transfer of select fighter contracts as part of a sponsorship deal between the clothing maker and industry leading fight promotion.
Gormley (6-0) trains out of Black House gym in Gardena, Calif., and makes his big show debut at the Staples Center event. A veteran of California feeder show Gladiator Challenge and Maximum Fighting Championships, he carries notable wins over Jon Murphy and King of the Cage champion Eric Pele.
The 6’11” Struve (17-3) notched his first Octagon victory in his last outing at UFC 99, braving a monstrous cut on his forehead to submit Denis Stojnic. Four months prior, he fell short in his debut, succumbing to the strikes of Junior Dos Santos at UFC 95.
(UPDATE / 9:00 a.m. PT, Aug. 24 – Corrected Struve’s nationality as Dutch.)