Ben Rothwell Expects to Face Greg Hardy In The BKFC- ‘It’s Inevitable, I’m Sure’

ben rothwellFormer UFC heavyweight, Ben Rothwell expects to face fellow UFC alum, Greg Hardy, in the near future –  ‘it’s inevitable, I’m sure.’ Back in April, it was announced that UFC veteran Ben Rothwell, would be parting ways with the promotion. He would promptly sign with the bare-knuckle boxing promotion, BKFC. Although still without a fight […]

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Former UFC heavyweight, Ben Rothwell expects to face fellow UFC alum, Greg Hardy, in the near future –  ‘it’s inevitable, I’m sure.’

Back in April, it was announced that UFC veteran Ben Rothwell, would be parting ways with the promotion. He would promptly sign with the bare-knuckle boxing promotion, BKFC.

Although still without a fight officially booked, Rothwell envisions a matchup with former Dallas Cowboy defensive end and former UFC heavyweight, Greg Hardy, who also signed with the BKFC earlier this month.

“Certainly, a lot of people are interested in that and are saying it,” Rothwell said to MMAJunkie when asked about a potential matchup with Hardy. “I don’t know when that’s going to happen, maybe the next fight, but it’s inevitable, I’m sure. My plan is to fight all these guys, so fight as many times as I can.”

Besides Hardy, the Wisconsin-born banger also has his eyes on BKFC reigning heavyweight champion, Arnold Adams.

Adams who had a lackluster 7-9 MMA record has really found his footing inside the BKFC ring, holding a 7-1 record in bare knuckle, five of which were by stoppage. Adams has defeated former UFC veteran, Joey Beltran, and experienced bare knuckle fighters such as Dillon Clecker and Sam Shewmaker but still Rothwell is confident he will be able to get the job done.

 “He’s a big guy, knows how to fight, and should be a great fight if we get to fight each other,” Rothwell said. “But first and foremost, I have to take this first fight and put some exciting wins together. I believe if I go on and do that, it will come, the title shot will come, and I’ll take care of business.” Rothwell will join a competitive heavyweight division and with his big name and reputation, he may be thrown in the deep end sooner rather than later.” (H/T MMAJunkie)

Ben Rothwell talking to MMAJunkie

Who would win in a bare-knuckle brawl, Ben Rothwell or Greg Hardy?

Former UFC Heavyweight Ben Rothwell Signs With Bare Knuckle FC

Former UFC heavyweight contender Ben Rothwell is transitioning to bare-knuckle boxing after agreeing to a deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC). Rothwell was released from the UFC just weeks ago after a long tenure with the promotion. He was scheduled to face Alexander Gustafsson on May 21 before parting ways with the UFC. A…

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Former UFC heavyweight contender Ben Rothwell is transitioning to bare-knuckle boxing after agreeing to a deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC).

Rothwell was released from the UFC just weeks ago after a long tenure with the promotion. He was scheduled to face Alexander Gustafsson on May 21 before parting ways with the UFC.

A free agent for the first time in a while, Rothwell agreed to a deal with BKFC as he announced during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.

“BKFC came with the best offer, made me very excited,” Rothwell said. “I believe that it’s the place for me because I was doing BKFC long before MMA. It’s something that’s part of my life, something my great grandfather was doing; probably not legally, but had a history of it. It’s something that’s in my blood.”

Rothwell’s last UFC fight came against Marcos Rogerio de Lima last November, losing via first-round knockout just seconds into the fight. Before that, he earned a second-round submission of Chris Barnett last May.

During his time in the UFC, Rothwell was a mainstay in the UFC heavyweight title picture. He earned wins over the likes of Josh Barnett, Alistair Overeem, and Stefan Struve in the Octagon.

Rothwell made his UFC debut against Cain Velasquez at UFC 104. He’s looking to become the latest former UFC fighter to find success in BKFC, joining the likes of Mike Perry and Chad Mendes.

A date and opponent for Rothwell’s BKFC debut are expected to be announced within the coming weeks.

How do you think Ben Rothwell will do in bare-knuckle boxing?

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REPORT | Alexander Gustafsson vs. Ben Rothwell Set For May 21

Alexander GustafssonAlexander Gustafsson is set for his UFC return against Ben Rothwell in a heavyweight clash targeted for May 21st according to Frontkick. The former UFC Light Heavyweight title challenger will be making his heavyweight return after almost two years away from the sport. His last bout was the Swede’s UFC heavyweight debut against former champ […]

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Alexander Gustafsson is set for his UFC return against Ben Rothwell in a heavyweight clash targeted for May 21st according to Frontkick.

The former UFC Light Heavyweight title challenger will be making his heavyweight return after almost two years away from the sport. His last bout was the Swede’s UFC heavyweight debut against former champ Fabricio Werdum at UFC Fight Island 3, where he lost via a first-round armbar. 

Gustafsson announced his retirement from MMA following back-to-back losses at heavyweight versus Jon Jones and Anthony ‘Lion Heart’ Smith. ‘The Mauler’ soon retracted his statement in his l pursuit of a run at heavyweight. ‘The Mauler’ has only managed to win three of his last nine fights.

His proposed opponent, on the other hand, has won three of his last five fights, despite, Rothwell suffering a knockout loss in his last fight against Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC Vegas 42.

Can we see Alexander Gustafsson construct a run at the UFC Heavyweight title?

Gustafsson made his UFC debut at lightweight heavyweight at UFC 105, where he knocked out Jared Hamman inside the opening minute of the first round, just over a decade ago. He would go on to win six fights on the bounce, before losing a five-round slugfest against Jon Jones at UFC 165 for the 206-pound belt. 

Regardless of the setback, Alexander Gustafsson remained in the Light Heavyweight contender picture, fighting the likes of Daniel Cormier, Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira before earning himself another shot at Jones and Light heavyweight gold. This time, ‘The Mauler’ came up against a more polished Jones, as he finished him in the third round.

It is uncertain how many fights are on Gustafsson’s current UFC contract, but the Swede looking to earn himself one last run at UFC gold before the book on his MMA career closes. 

Nonetheless, Rothwell will be looking to go and prove he still has something to offer within the heavyweight division. 

Do you think Ben Rothwell will crash the return party of Alexander Gustafsson?

Report: Alexander Gustafsson To Make HW Return Vs. Ben Rothwell

A heavyweight showdown between former UFC title challenger Alexander Gustafsson and Ben Rothwell is targeted for May 21. The news of the targeted matchup was first reported by Frontkick. Gustafsson will make his heavyweight return after nearly two years away from the sport. He lost fought against former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC Fight […]

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A heavyweight showdown between former UFC title challenger Alexander Gustafsson and Ben Rothwell is targeted for May 21.

The news of the targeted matchup was first reported by Frontkick.

Gustafsson will make his heavyweight return after nearly two years away from the sport. He lost fought against former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC Fight Island 3 via first-round submission.

Gustafsson announced his retirement from MMA following back-to-back losses at light heavyweight against Jon Jones and Anthony Smith. He quickly walked back on his previous retirement plans for a move to heavyweight.

Gustafsson also teased a potential move back to light heavyweight in 2021, but his planned fight against Paul Craig was called off due to an undisclosed injury.

Rothwell has won three of his last five fights but most recently got knocked out by Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC Vegas 42. Before that, he had picked up impressive wins over the likes of Stefan Struve and Ovince St. Preux.

Gustafsson made his UFC debut at light heavyweight at UFC 105, earning a first-round knockout over Jared Hamman. He would go on a run of six-straight wins before a controversial loss to Jones at UFC 165 for the 205-pound belt.

Despite the setback, Gustafsson remained in the light heavyweight title picture and would eventually earn a rematch with Jones at UFC 232. This time, it was a less competitive fight as Jones finished him in the third round.

It’s unclear how many fights Gustafsson has on his current UFC contract, but he’s looking to potentially earn one last run at a UFC title before his career comes to a close. As for Rothwell, he’s looking to prove that he remains a dangerous contender in the division.

What are your thoughts on Alexander Gustafsson vs. Ben Rothwell?

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Fighters React To Marcos Rogerio De Lima Knocking Out Ben Rothwell In Seconds At UFC Vegas 42

Ben Rothwell vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima ended up having some fireworks in their co-main event spot.

The two fighters met in a bout on Saturday afternoon (November 13, 2021) at the UFC Vegas 42 event from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC Apex facility.

Ben Rothwell vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima ended up having some fireworks in their co-main event spot.

The two fighters met in a bout on Saturday afternoon (November 13, 2021) at the UFC Vegas 42 event from Las Vegas, Nevada at the UFC Apex facility.

The fight didn’t last long as Marcos went right after him and stunned them. They traded in a phone booth space until Marcos knocked him out and Rothwell went down. 32-seconds was all it took.

Peep the highlights of the fight courtesy of the UFC’s official Twitter account:

Coming into the fight, Rothwell went 3-1 in his last four fights. He got a TKO win over Stefan Struve at the UFC Washington event from the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C and then beat Ovince Saint Preux by split decision UFC Jacksonville before losing to Marcin Tybura in October 2020 by decision. He rallied back with a submission win over Chris Barnett in May 2021. 

Rogerio de Lima entered this fight by going 3-2 in his previous five bouts. In his latest bout, he got a decision win over Maurice Greene by decision in May 2021. 

Let’s see how the fighters reacted to the outcome of this fight: 

UFC Vegas 42 Results: Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodríguez, Ben Rothwell vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima

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Ben Rothwell Submits Chris Barnett With Second Round Guillotine – UFC Vegas 27 Highlights

RothwellVeteran UFC heavyweight contender, ‘Big’ Ben Rothwell has notched his seventh submission win as a professional — stopping short-notice replacement, Chris Barnett with a second round guillotine. Drawing fan favourite, Barnett on short notice, Rothwell was initially slated to meet with Philipe Lins and then Askhar Mozharov, however, the latter was forced from the pairing […]

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Veteran UFC heavyweight contender, ‘Big’ Ben Rothwell has notched his seventh submission win as a professional — stopping short-notice replacement, Chris Barnett with a second round guillotine.

Drawing fan favourite, Barnett on short notice, Rothwell was initially slated to meet with Philipe Lins and then Askhar Mozharov, however, the latter was forced from the pairing after he failed to obtain a VISA in time. Remaining on the card, Rothwell clashed with the storied veteran, Barnett.

Threatening with his top pressure in the first round after establishing full mount, Rothwell found himself on the recieving end of some notable counters from Barnett, however, the latter began to fatigue quite significantly toward the end of the first round.

Failing to recover in the early goings of the second, Barnett shot for a laboured takedown. Sprawling and setting up a taut guillotine, Rothwell eventually forced the tap.

Below, catch the highlights from Rothwell’s submission success against Barnett.