Ben Rothwell heard there was an opening on the UFC Fight Night 79 lineup this month and promptly offered his services.
Rothwell, though, was turned down by the promotion, according to the heavyweight.
— Big Ben Rothwell (@RothwellFighter) November 10, 2015
Mirko Cro Cop announced his immediate retirement from active competition, leaving Anthony Hamilton without an opponent for the November 28 card from Seoul, South Korea.
The 34-year-old Rothwell (35-9) has won three straight and was scheduled to meet Stipe Miocic last month before an injury knocked Miocic out of action.