Ben Rothwell

USA

Paired with Philipe Lins
HeavyweightUFC
January 29, 2021
Rothwell will take on Philipe Lins on March 13, Marcel Dorff of MMADNA.nl reports.
ANALYSIS
The 39-year-old will be looking to climb out of a bit of a rough patch, as he's lost four of his last six fights. His most recent match saw him lose a unanimous decision against Marcin Tybura in October. In Lins, he'll fight a 35-year-old who's winless in his first two UFC fights.
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Falls to 2-4 in past six bouts
HeavyweightUFC
October 10, 2020
Rothwell lost to Marcin Tybura via unanimous decision (27-29, 27-29, 27-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.
ANALYSIS
Rothwell looked strong in Round 1 and reasonably effective in Round 2 before Tybura blew him out of the water in Round 3. We all know cardio is not Rothwell's strength, but his complete inability to be even the least bit competitive over the course of the final five minutes is extremely concerning. Statistically, Rothwell landed 47 total strikes in Round 1 before landing 48 over the course of the final two rounds combined. Rothwell possesses zero athleticism and will be turning 39 years old next week. He still has enough power in his hands to secure an early knockout if his opposition gets lazy with their defense, but Rothwell is going to have a ton of difficulty in the later stages of any fight. "Big Ben" is 2-4 in his last six fights. The end appears to be quickly approaching.
Slated for Oct. 10 fight
HeavyweightUFC
August 3, 2020
Rothwell is in line to face Marcin Tybura in a heavyweight matchup at 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. Rothwell has experience on his side with 50 professional fights, but Tybura is four years younger and has a better shot at making an impact in the heavyweight rankings moving forward.
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.