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Quick Hits: Rothwell Eyes “Cro Cop” for UFC 115, Perosh Gets Four-Fight UFC Deal, ProElite Returns, and More

  • Ben RothwellBen Rothwell, who was forced to withdraw from last Saturday’s UFC 110 with a stomach virus, hopes to fight original opponent Mirko “Cro Cop” at UFC 115, which takes place on June 12 in Vancouver.
  • After stepping up at the last-minute to fight Mirko “Cro Cop” at UFC 110, Anthony Perosh, who suffered a second-round TKO due to a cut, has been rewarded with a four-fight UFC contract and is likely to return to action at light heavyweight.
  • Following it’s deal with Strikeforce early last year and subsequent acquisition by Stratus Media Group, ProElite has been restructured and is being relaunched with new top executives and will soon resume promoting MMA events, likely through its Cage Rage and Spirit MC promotions.
  • DREAM “Super Hulk” tournament winner Ikuhisa Minowa will return to action at DREAM 13 on March 22 in Yokohama, Japan, but his opponent has not yet been announced.
  • The UFC’s recently-announced line of Fathead posters include champions Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva and BJ Penn, as well as Jon Jones, Junior Dos Santos and Nate Marquardt and retail for $99.99 each.
  • An injury has forced David Heath off this Friday’s “MFC 24: Heat XC” event, but teammate Ryan McClain will replace him and fight Dwayne Lewis in the card’s co-main event. MFC 24 is headlined by Yves Edwards vs. Derrick Noble and airs live on pay-per-view at
  • Former UFC lightweight Corey Hill’s comeback from a devastating broken leg continues on March 20, as he faces 7-1 Mark Holst at “Xtreme Combat League: Evolution” in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • Featherweight Wilson Reis, who returns to action in Bellator’s featherweight tournament in April, has been replaced by Nick Denis on the Sengoku 12 card, who fights Yuji Hoshino at the March 7 event on Tokyo, while Marlon Sandro vs. Tomonari Kanomatahas also been added to the event.
  • “Adrenaline MMA V,” which was slated for March 20 in Youngstown, Ohio and set to be headlined by Tim Sylvia vs. Wes Sims before it was declared non-competitive, will not take place as scheduled, and may instead be rescheduled for April in Findlay, Ohio.
  • On Tuesday, Alabama became the latest state to adopt legislation to regulate mixed martial arts events.

Pictured: Ben Rothwell


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