A second Heavyweight fight will be added to UFC’s first trip to Cleveland.
Announced during the live airing of UFC Fight Night 88: Almeida vs. Garbrandt, Former Heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will take on “Big” Ben Rothwell.
Werdum (20-6-1, 8-3 in UFC) most recently lost his UFC Heavyweight title in his first title defense earlier this month at UFC 198 against Stipe Miocic, who will be making his first title defense on this same card. Werdum defeated Cain Velasquez last year in Mexico City at UFC 188 become the Undisputed UFC Champion. Since returning to the UFC back in 2012, he has gone 6-1 and finished four of those fights.
Rothwell (6-4 in UFC) is coming off a tough decision loss to former Heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 86. Prior to that loss, Rothwell held a four-fight win streak with all finishes against Brandon Vera, Alistair Overeem, Matt Mitrione, and also famously submitted Josh Barnett, becoming the first fighter to do so.
UFC 203 takes place on September 10 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. No other bouts have yet to be added to this card.