Rothwell: I wasn’t allowed to replace Cro Cop

Ben Rothwell has revealed that he was denied the opportunity to replace Mirko Cro Cop at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul

Cro Cop was scheduled to face Anthony Hamilton in the co-main event on November 28, but suffered a shoulder injury while training and subsequently announced his retirement. 

Rothwell was eager to replace Cro Cop in the line-up, but was not afforded the chance to do so.

“I already asked to fill in for @CroCopOfficial @ufc and that was denied… Sorry fight fans,” Rothwell said via Twitter. 

Rothwell has been looking for a fight since his bout with Stipe Miocic at UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin was cancelled after Miocic suffered a back injury. 

The 34-year-old has also been extremely critical of the UFC after Miocic was given a fight with Andrei Arlovski at UFC 195 on January 2, while he continues to be left in the dark about his next bout.