However, its not all disappointing news as the Griffin vs. Dunham bout will now headline the Spike TV prelims special for UFC 115. Another lightweight match up in Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman is the second bout that will also appear on the one-hour broadcast.
Rothwell (30-7) was originally supposed to fight earlier this year at February's UFC 110 event in Australia, however, he was forced out of his main card bout against Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic after he came down with a nasty bout of the traveler's flu.
In his last fight, Rothwell suffered a controversial second-round TKO loss in his UFC debut against Cain Velasquez at UFC 104 on October 24. The fight was stopped after Rothwell was taking several unanswered blows from Velasquez against the cage, however, many felt it was stopped prematurely as Rothwell was still coherent and seemed to be transitioning back to his feet.
Prior to joining the UFC, Rothwell put together a impressive 14-1 streak, which saw him go 9-0 in the now-defunct IFL promotion. The eight year veteran of the sport has competed for other notable promotions such as Extreme Challenge, King of the Cage, Adrenaline MMA and Affliction.
Rothwell wasn't the first opponent being considered for Yvel (36-14-1) at UFC 115, as he the Dutchman was originally set to face Pat Barry, however, Barry was pulled from the bout in favor of a match up with "Cro Cop" on the same card, which is now the night's co-main event.
The Dutch fighter has competed for other prominent organizations during his nearly 13-year career such as Rings, M-1, Fight Festival, Cage Rage and Pride. He has finished all of his 36 career wins, including 31 by TKO or KO and holds notable career wins over the likes of Semmy Schilt, Fabiano Scherner and Cheick Kongo.