Fighters.com is reporting that a match between Andre Arlovski and Ben Rothwell is in the works for the Affliction Card rumored to be taking place in Dallas, Texas, on July 19. As reported before, Fedor Emelianenko and Tim Sylvia are also in negotiations to be competing against each other on this card.
Arlovski is coming off the last fight of his UFC contract in a win against Jake O’ Brien. Speculation on his possible departure from the UFC has run rampant since last year after a long layoff from the Octagon. It is believed that Arlovski in currently in an exclusive renegotiation period with the UFC, which would prevent him from signing with another organization until that time has expired.
Rothwell, arguably the most successful fighter coming out of the IFL, recently broke into Sherdog’s top ten heavyweight rankings. If he wishes to advance further in the rankings, he will need to take a step up in competition. A match against Arlovski would give him that opportunity.
If this match comes to fruition, along with the Fedor/Sylvia fight, it would put four top ten heavyweights on the same card. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.