Ben Rothwell will not be competing in Dublin. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
UFC Fight Night Dublin will have a new co-main event after the Las Vegas-based promotion was unable to find a suitable replacement opponent for heavyweight Ben Rothwell.
Rothwell was left without a foe when Stipe Miocic was forced to withdraw from the contest due to injury. As a result, the lightweight clash between Norman Parke and Reza Madadi will serve as the card’s co-headliner.
UFC Fight Night takes place at the 3Arena in Dublin on Oct. 24 and features a 155-pound clash pitting Joseph Duffy against Dustin Poirier. The card will air in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 12:45 p.m. ET/9:45 a.m. PT.
Rothwell has won his last three fights, including a first-round guillotine choke submission of Matt Mitrione in his last appearance at UFC Fight Night in New Orleans this past June.
A native of Northern Ireland, Parke went 4-0-1 to begin his UFC tenure before suffering back-to-back split decision losses against Francisco Trinaldo and Gleison Tibau in his last two outings. Madadi, meanwhile, returns to the Octagon for the first time since a third-round submission of Michael Johnson at UFC on Fuel TV 9 in April 2013.