by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
Fresh on the heels of the news that Pat Barry and Mirko CroCop are set to do battle at UFC 115, each of their respective opponents will now face off as Gilbert Yvel will face Ben Rothwell in Vancouver in a heavyweight bout.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the match-up, which has been verbally agreed to at this point, but bout agreements should follow shortly. The initial change for Rothwell and Yvel was reported by MMAJunkie.com.
Gilbert Yvel made his UFC debut in January, but lost by TKO to rising heavyweight fighter, Junior Dos Santos. Before that loss, Yvel had just previously knocked out former UFC fighter, Pedro Rizzo, in devastating fashion.
Suffering travel sickness before UFC 110, Ben Rothwell was forced out of his scheduled bout against Mirko CroCop. The former IFL stand-out was rumored to get another crack at CroCop in the coming months, but the UFC decided to make the switch around of opponents instead.
Rothwell brings a wealth of experience into his UFC career, and hopes to recover after his debut fight didn’t go the way he wanted it to as he was TKO’d by current top 5 ranked heavyweight, Cain Velasquez.
There has been no official announcement from the UFC about the switch or the new bout, and it’s unclear if Yvel and Rothwell will go on the main televised card or the preliminary portion of the broadcast.