Ben Rothwell


Comes through as big favorite
May 22, 2021
Rothwell defeated Chris Barnett via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:07 of Round 2 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
It's Rothwell's first submission victory since January 30, 2016. That also came via guillotine, against Josh Barnett. Generally a stand-up brawler, Rothwell wisely recognized Chris Barnett's exhaustion and made a concerted effort to win this fight on the mat. Rothwell was the much bigger man, and Barnett possesses no ground game to speak of, so it was a smart choice. "Big Ben" will be turning 40 years of age this coming October. It's rarely pretty with the Wisconsin native these days, but Rothwell is treading water, posting a 3-1 record in his last four fights dating back to December 2019. Despite this strong run of late, there is an overwhelming likelihood than Rothwell's next four fights won't go as well as the prior four. He just doesn't possess the footwork or athleticism to handle better opposition.
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Taking on Barnett on May 22
May 12, 2021
Rothwell will now face Chris Barnett at the UFC event on May 22, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Rothwell has been the victim of withdrawals and postponements lately, as now the heavyweight will take on Barnett. Rothwell was scheduled to fight Askar Mozharov at the same UFC event on May 22 but Mozharov has reportedly withdrawn from the matchup due to undisclosed reasons.
Gets new opponent
May 11, 2021
Rothwell will now take on Askar Mozharov in a heavyweight bout at the UFC event on May 22, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Philipe Lins was forced out of the original booking for the second time for an undisclosed reason. Rothwell will look for his first UFC win against a fighter that will be making his debut with the promotion and boasts a career record of 23-7.
Fight rebooked for May 22
May 10, 2021
Rothwell will take on Philipe Lins in a heavyweight bout at the UFC event on May 22, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
Rothwell and Lins were supposed to fight on May 8, but it was removed when it was reported that Lins was dealing with an illness. It will only have to wait two weeks before we see these two heavyweights in action. Rothwell last fought in October when he lost to Marcin Tybura by unanimous decision.
Fight called off
May 7, 2021
Rothwell's fight against Philipe Lins on Saturday has been canceled since Lins is dealing with an illness, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA reports.
After the matchup between Rothwell and Lins was initially pushed back from March 13, the two fighters will be unable to face off at UFC Vegas 26. It's not yet clear when Rothwell will return to the Octagon.
Fight rescheduled for May 8
March 16, 2021
Rothwell fight against Philipe Lins has been rescheduled for the UFC Fight Night event on May 8, Nolan King of MMA Junkie reports.
Rothwell and Lins were supposed to fight at this past Saturday's UFC event but their meeting was postponed due to an undisclosed injury to Lins. Rothwell is 2-4 in his last six fights and lost his most recent bout to Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision back in October. Lins is still in search of his first UFC win after going 4-0 during his time in the Professional Fighters League.