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Rothwell fight a blessing for Velasquez

Updated: October 22, 2009, 6:30 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | Special to ESPN.com

In the Ultimate Fighting Championship, there is no such thing as a title eliminator. When two top contenders square off, there is no guarantee the victor will be awarded a shot at the champion.

There was a fight scheduled a few months ago that might have bucked that theory. Highly rated heavyweights Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez were originally slated to meet Saturday night at UFC 104 (pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) in Los Angeles.

It was reasonably believed by most mixed ...

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