Former heavyweight champ Werdum to return at UFC 203

A second major heavyweight fight has been added to the card for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first event in Cleveland.

Former champ Fabricio Werdum will return to action to face contender Ben Rothwell at UFC 203 on Sept. 10 at Quicken Loans Arena, the organization announced Sunday night.

The event was announced last week with new heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic defending the title for the first time in his hometown against Alistair Overeem.

Miocic took the belt with a first-round knockout of Werdum on May 14 in Brazil. Rothwell had a four-fight winning streak snapped with a unanimous decision loss to former champ Junior dos Santos in April.

No other fights have been announced for the event.

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