Ben Rothwell

USA

Slated for Oct. 10 fight
HeavyweightUFC
August 3, 2020
Rothwell is in line to face Marcin Tybura in the Oct. 10 UFC event, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The location for the event has not been determined yet, but Rothwell will look to continue a recent run of success in the form of a pair of victories following three straight losses, two of which saw him massively outmatched. Rothwell and Tybura sport identical reaches, though Rothwell owns an inch of height and some extra pounds on his opponent.
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Spoils heavyweight debut of OSP
HeavyweightUFC
May 13, 2020
Rothwell defeated Ovince Saint Preux via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Wednesday in Jacksonville.
ANALYSIS
It was a slow, grinding affair. In other words, a typical Rothwell fight. Saint Preux's poor cardio gave Rothwell an opening here. He took control of the center of the Octagon and spent the vast majority of the fight backing OSP up. Rothwell is a huge man and he looked even bigger against a natural light heavyweight in Saint Preux. The vast majority of Rothwell's offense were short shots from in tight. He was never close to earning a stoppage, but he appeared to clearly deserve the decision. Rothwell's long-term outlook is bleak due to his age (38), lack of footwork and one-dimensional brawling style, but he's a popular name and should continue to get big fights despite being 2-3 in his past five bouts.
New fight in works
HeavyweightUFC
April 24, 2020
Rothwell is expected to square off against Ovince Saint Preux in Jacksonville on May 13, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Rothwell was originally scheduled to fight on the UFC 249 card before it got scratched due to COVID-19. He will now get a new opponent in Saint Preux who will be moving up a weight class for this bout. Rothwell won his last fight in somewhat controversial fashion with a TKO over Stefan Struve.
Matches up with Villante at UFC 249
HeavyweightUFC
January 14, 2020
Rothwill is expected to face Gian Villante in a heavyweight bout at UFC 249 in Brooklyn on April 18, Nolan King of MMA Junkie reports.
ANALYSIS
Rothwell is coming off a controversial TKO win over Stefan Struve in December, as he committed a pair of illegal groin strikes leading up to the knockout. Villante is making the move from light heavyweight to heavyweight and hasn't fought since his TKO loss to Michael Oleksiejczuk in February.
Earns first win in 1408 days
HeavyweightUFC
December 7, 2019
Rothwell defeated Stefan Struve via TKO (punches) at 4:57 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Washington D.C.
ANALYSIS
It's Rothwell's first victory in 1408 days (1/30/16) and one that comes with plenty of controversy attached. Big Ben was getting soundly beaten by Struve before smashing him with a pair of illegal groin strikes. Struve took nearly all of the ten minutes he was allotted to recover from both shots and continued to fight, but he clearly wasn't himself. Rothwell, who was (correctly) docked a point by referee Dan Miragliotta following the second shot, put together one big flurry to finish the fight late in Round 2. The entire situation was extremely bizarre and doesn't figure to do Rothwell any favors moving forward. A win is a win, but the 38-year-old Rothwell looks washed up.
Booked for UFC DC
HeavyweightUFC
August 13, 2019
Rothwell will take on Stefan Stuve in a heavyweight matchup at UFC DC on Dec. 7.
ANALYSIS
Rothwell has not been the same fighter in his two bouts since returning from a two-year USADA ban and a nearly three-year layoff, losing both of his fights via unanimous decision. The 37-year-old is likely barreling toward the end of his career, but he will get another shot to get back on track against another over-the-hill fighter in Stefan Struve. He'll be conceding major height and reach advantages to "The Skyskraper," though Struve hasn't necessarily used those aspects to their full potential during his time with the UFC. Nonetheless, Rothwell will look to close the distance and back Struve up against the cage in an effort to unleash his own offense. Looking to exploit a 54 percent takedown defense wouldn't be a bad idea either, though offensive wrestling has never been a major factor in Rothwell's game.