A heavyweight bout between Brendan Schaub and Ben Rothwell is the latest addition to the fight card of UFC 145. According to promotion officials, the pair of fighters have verbally agreed to meet on the March 24th card.
Schaub (8-2), a former professional football player and veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 10," returns after a stunning first-round knockout loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 134. The setback snapped a four-fight win streak over Mirko Filipovic, Gabriel Gonzaga, Chris Tuchscherer and Chase Gormley that had pushed the 28-year-old into the title picture.
Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Rothwell (31-8) hopes to rebound from a loss of his own after falling on the wrong side of a unanimous decision to Mark Hunt at UFC 135. The bout marked the end of a 15-month injury layoff for "Big Ben", who has fought just once per year since signing with the UFC in 2009. Previously Rothwell lost via second-round TKO to Cain Velasquez before taking a unanimous decision over Gilbert Yvel at UFC 115.
UFC 145 takes place in Montreal, Canada, and is expected to be held at the Bell Centre. A headlining bout has not been announced.
UFC 145 fight card:
Welterweight: Rory MacDonald vs. Che Mills
Heavyweight: Chad Griggs vs. Travis Browne
Heavyweight: Brendan Schaub vs. Ben Rothwell