MMAFighting.com passed on news of Rothwell’s injury on Wednesday afternoon, noting that former Strikeforce fighter Devin Cole (20-9-1) had been offered the opportunity to step in on short notice versus Browne. No news yet on whether Cole’s camp has accepted the fight or not at time of writing.
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Browne is so far undefeated in his pro-career, going 4-1 in the Octagon since debuting in June 2010 at the TUF 11 Finale. The Hawaiian born fighter most recently earned a “Submission of the Night” victory at UFC 145 last April, after welcoming another former Strikeforce fighter to the UFC. Browne used an arm-triangle choke to tap-out Chad Griggs at the Atlanta, Georgia event.
Cole has yet to make his Octagon debut, having gone 2-1 with Strikeforce with back-to-back victories in his two previous matches. The Oregon fighter won decisions in both those fights, defeating Gabriel Salinas-Jones at the Melendez vs. Masvidal event last December, and versus Shawn Jordan at a Strikeforce Challengers event one year ago.