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UFC Dublin Takes a Hit, as Injury Scratches Miocic vs. Rothwell Co-Main Event

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The UFC Dublin fight card took a major hit on Tuesday when the co-main event between heavyweights Stipe Miocic and Ben Rothwell fell apart due to injury. The event is slate for Saturday, Oct. 24.

Miocic had to withdraw from the bout due to an undisclosed injury. confirmed the news with multiple independent sources after first reported the change.

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Miocic (13-2) has been considered one of the top two or three contenders to UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, and currently sits at No. 3 in the official UFC rankings. A loss to No. 2 ranked Junior dos Santos in December put a major dent in his hopes for a title shot, but Miocic bounced back with an impressive TKO stoppage of Mark Hunt earlier this year. He was hoping a win over the surging Rothwell would help cement his position in the race for the championship.

Rothwell (35-9) has been bursting out of his journeyman role of late, winning three fights in succession over Brandon Vera, ….View original article