With Ben Rothwell officially removed from Oct. 24's UFC Fight Night 76 card after his opponent, Stipe Miocic, was forced out of their bout with an injury, lightweights Norman Parke and Reza Madadi will assume the co-main event duties.
This news was announced Wednesday via UFC Fight Pass' Twitter account.
BREAKING! @norman_parke vs @RezaMaddog moves to the new co-main event spot of #UFCDUBLIN pic.twitter.com/xQoDkXxr6F— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) October 14, 2015
For Madadi, this fight marks a return to the cage long in the making. The 35-year-old fighter was sentenced to one year, six months in prison in mid-2013 following an aggravated burglary of a luxury handbags store in Sweden. Before this, Madadi posted a 2-1 record in the UFC, most recently defeating current top-10 lightweight Michael Johnson via submission at UFC on Fuel TV 9.
Parke, meanwhile, comes into this matchup hoping to halt a two-fight skid. He's dropped consecutive split decisions to Gleison Tibau and Francisco Trinaldo. Losing three straight in the UFC is always a dangerous game to play, particularly in a division as deep as 155, so Parke will need to come out firing early and often in search of the "W" in Dublin.