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Ben Rothwell

35-Year-Old     UFC     Heavyweight     36-10-0

STATUS:  Out   INJURY:  Knee    EST. RETURN:  10/1/2017
Birthdate:  October 17, 1981     Height:   6'4    

March 7, 2017    Ben Rothwell News

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Rothwell (knee) has been flagged for a potential USADA violation, Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com reports.

Rothwell's name may be damaged a bit by this, but he won't be officially suspended until the adjudication process is complete. The 35-year-old was on track for a fight against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 211 in May, so he'll need a quick resolution if the promotion still wants to keep that heavyweight fight on the card.

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Rothwell (knee) is targeting an early 2017 return to competitive fighting, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rothwell suffered a knee injury during training for a bout with Fabricio Werdum in September which he eventually withdrew from. The 34-year-old heavyweight recently underwent surgery and has just regained the ability to walk. While he has a number of months of recovery ahead of him, he is optimistic that he can have a significant impact on the MMA when he returns. He told reporters, "I can bring the heavyweight division to the level it needs to be." It seems apparent that whoever Rothwell faces upon his return will have their hands full with a highly motivated fighter.
Rothwell has suffered a knee injury during training that will force him to withdraw from UFC 203 in Cleveland on Sept. 10, Damon Martin of FOX Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rothwell had been scheduled for a heavyweight bout that would have served as the co-main event, but the 34-year-old will withdraw, and presumably lose a sizable payday as a result. Rothwell had put together four straight victories prior to a loss to Junior Dos Santos in April, and one of those victories was over Alistair Overeem, who will be fighting for the title on the main event of this card. The matchup between Rothwell and Werdum would have determined who would be next in line after Cain Velasquez to face champion Stipe Miocic (if he takes care of business against Overeem), but now, Rothwell's path to a championship opportunity becomes a bit murky.
Rothwell will fight Fabricio Werdum at UFC 203 in Cleveland on September 10, Damon Martin of Fox Sports reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rothwell is coming off of a poor effort against Junior Del Santos, for a loss by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 86. Rothwell had trouble landing any punches at all on JDS. He will get another chance to bring up his ranking by beating Werdum, a former heavyweight champion. Rothwell has about 20 pounds on Werdum, but in the heavyweight division, any advantage is somewhat erased by the unpredictability of knockouts.
Rothwell lost to Junior Dos Santos via unanimous decision (45-50, 45-50, 45-50) at UFC Fight Night on Sunday in Zagreb, Croatia.

Fantasy Analysis

In the biggest fight of his UFC career, Rothwell didn't win a single round on any of the judge's scorecards. The closest round was the first one, but even that was a clear win for JDS. Rothwell actually looked worse as the fight went on and he never came remotely close to landing anything damaging on Dos Santos. JDS' chin appeared to have weakened in his last few fights, but Rothwell landed so little that he was unable to take advantage of it. It was as poor of an effort as you could possibly imagine, especially from a guy who was coming off four-fight winning streak. Rothwell is going to plummet down the rankings after this one. He now could have as many as six or seven guys ahead of him in the pecking order of the UFC's heavyweight division.
Rothwell (+105) is a slight underdog for his main event heavyweight fight against Junior Dos Santos that will take place at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Zagreb, Croatia.

Fantasy Analysis

Rothwell has won four fights in a row and six of his last eight, but he still doesn’t get the respect he deserves in the heavyweight division. He is a very intriguing character, but he doesn’t really look the part of a potential future champion. Considering how poor Dos Santos has looked for the last year or so, this is about as good of a matchup as Rothwell could have hoped for. He gets a fight against a well-known fighter who’s game is clearly slipping. It’s not out of the realm of possibility that Big Ben can earn the next title shot if he can finish JSD impressively. He has long been underrated, but there still aren’t many fans and experts who consider him a legitimate title contender. That will chance if he can beat Dos Santos.
Rothwell defeated Josh Barnett via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:48 of Round 2 at UFC on FOX 18 on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.

Fantasy Analysis

It was eerily similar to the submission finish Rothwell picked up over Matt Mitrione. Barnett attempted to muscle Rothwell up along the fence, but Big Ben just wrapped up Barnett's head and the fight was over moments later. This should change the minds of anyone who thought that Rothwell's recent surge in the UFC's heavyweight division was a fluke. Rothwell has a ton of experience and he has fought the very best fighters in the world for the better part of a decade. He isn't all that far from potentially earning a title shot.
Rothwell will enter his heavyweight fight with Josh Barnett as a +115 underdog at UFC on Fox 18 on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey.

Fantasy Analysis

A veteran of the IFL, Rothwell seemed destined to play the role of gatekeeper in the UFC heavyweight division before a torrid run of three stoppage victories punched his ticket to Saturday's co-main event. Rothwell, who was originally set to square off with Stipe Miocic in Dublin on Oct. 24, could well be in line for a title shot with a victory Saturday -- injuries to Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velazquez have left the heavyweight division wide open for new contenders.
Rothwell will fight Josh Barnett at UFC on FOX 18 on January 30 in Newark, New Jersey, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Finally, Rothwell has himself another fight lined up. Due to face Stipe Miocic in Dublin last month, that fight fell apart when Miocic was injured and had to withdraw. It's another prime opportunity for the underrated Rothwell to move up the UFC's heavyweight rankings.
Rothwell had to be removed from the card after the UFC could not find a replacement for Stipe Miocic, MMAFighting.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

Rothwell had originally been booked for a UFC Fight Night event scheduled to take place in Dublin, Ireland on Oct. 24. With the promotion unable to find a replacement, he had to be dropped from the card, likely pushing the Parke/Medadi bout up to the co-main event. Currently the No. 7-ranked heavyweight fighter, Rothwell will likely need to square off against at least one more top contender before receiving title fight consideration.
Rothwell will face Stipe Miocic at UFC Fight Night on October 24 in Dublin, MMAJunkie.com reports.

Fantasy Analysis

This fight is certainly good news for Big Ben. He gets to take on a guy who was considered a prime title contender and he has a chance to fly up the rankings if he can pull off the upset. Rothwell has won three in a row, including a submission victory over Matt Mitrione in his last fight in June.
Rothwell defeated Matt Mitirone by submission (front choke) at 1:54 of Round 1 at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in New Orleans.

Fantasy Analysis

Rothwell's fights are never particularly pretty, but he's effective. Mitrione attempted to take the fight to the ground and Rothwell was able to slap on a front choke. He's so big and strong that Mitrione was forced to tap out. He also gave a pretty terrific promo (WWE style) with Jon Anik at the end of the fight. Rothwell doesn't give the impression of being a great athlete, but he usually finds a way to win. The guy has lost just four fights, all against quality opponents (Andrei Arlovski, Cain Velasquez, Mark Hunt, Gabriel Gonzaga) in the last seven years.