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The source for this one is a bit shaky, but Fightline is passing along news that Ben Rothwell will indeed be taking on Andrei Arlovski at Affliction: Banned (July 19th; Anaheim, CA) according to a Sherdog thread where Rothwell personally confirms it. As Rothwell writes:
I tried to never say if i was/was not fighting AA but most all the forum took it that way, sorry i guess.
anyway I’m excited to fight a top10 HW, so thanks for the support, peace
CagePotato reported this rumor two weeks ago, but there has been no official statement from the organization yet. Speaking of Arlovski, the Pitbull’s presence in an upcoming Adrenaline MMA meet-and-greet could suggest that he will fight for that outfit as well.
In other non-UFC news…
— HDNet has agreed to broadcast Adrenaline MMA’s first three fight cards. The first one is going down June 14th in Chicago (headlined by Jeff Monson vs. Mike Russow), and the second is slated for September 6th in Moline, Illinois, and will feature Tim Sylvia and Ben Rothwell; yep, just like the first Affliction show. Personally, we wouldn’t book Tim to fight less than two months after throwing down with Fedor Emelianenko, but hey, we’re not Monte Cox.
— Though Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic was supposed to face Jerome LeBanner at DREAM.4, LeBanner suffered a minor leg injury and the bout was postponed. But Cro Cop won’t be pulling out from the event altogether — Nokaut reports that he will instead be facing Ralek Gracie in a special-rules grappling match at the June 15th event. The bout will consist of two five-minute rounds with no point system; the only way to win will be via submission. If the fight goes the distance, it will be declared a draw. Gracie is a jiu-jitsu black belt (obvi), the son of Rorion Gracie, and nephew of Rickson and Royce.
“I can’t say for 100 percent sure that I’ll be able to walk away from this scot-free, but I don’t think it’s going to have a really big backlash on my career…A guy who I believed was my friend back then, he got in trouble three years ago. I guess when he got in trouble and he got thrown in jail, he went in there and said, ‘Oh, well these are the guys that I hang out with,’ and he listed a couple of names. Me and another guy got arrested for that. I’ve never been caught with any kind of drugs…I mean, basically, it’s not so much guilt by association because I’m not claiming to be an angel. I’ve made mistakes in my past, and that’s exactly what it was — just a mistake from my past. Like I said, it was three years old, and the way it looks now, it looks like they’ve done investigations on me since then, so they know that I haven’t done anything.”