Stefan Struve Discusses Controversial Loss To Ben Rothwell: ‘Changed The Entire Course Of The Fight’

Stefan Struve returned from a brief retirement to battle Ben Rothwell at UFC Washington D.C. Early on, Struve was having success and looked as if he would coast to a decision win. Yet, Rothwell connected on two hard low blows that kept Struve down for …

Stefan Struve returned from a brief retirement to battle Ben Rothwell at UFC Washington D.C. Early on, Struve was having success and looked as if he would coast to a decision win. Yet, Rothwell connected on two hard low blows that kept Struve down for nearly the entire five minutes allowed. But, the “Skyscraper” decided […]

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Ben Rothwell Admits There’s An Asterisk On His UFC Washington Win

Ben Rothwell beat Stefan Struve in controversial circumstances at UFC Washington DC. The heavyweight clash was marred by groin shots from Rothwell on Struve. The first came in round one and had the “Skyscrapper” writhing around the floor in pain. He fought on and was winning the fight up until the third and final round. […]

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Ben Rothwell beat Stefan Struve in controversial circumstances at UFC Washington DC. The heavyweight clash was marred by groin shots from Rothwell on Struve.

The first came in round one and had the “Skyscrapper” writhing around the floor in pain. He fought on and was winning the fight up until the third and final round. Another groin shot sent him down again, only for his corner and referee Dan Miragliotta to persuade him to continue with the fight. In hindsight this was a massive mistake as moments later Rothwell jumped in and got the finish.

Speaking to media post-fight Rothwell admitted the win wasn’t totally legit but ultimately, he’s just looking forward to a better 2020. (H/T MMA Fighting)

“Yeah, there’s an asterisk, but I can’t do anything about it,” Rothwell said. “I tried to be as apologetic as I could and complimented Stefan Struve for being a man. But, you’ve got to move on. I got myself in a really good position to have a big 2020 with all of my coaching staff and the conditioning I’m in. I just want to look better in my next fight. I want to be noticeably better the next time around.”  

Struve could have picked up a disqualification win but pressure from the referee led to his continuation. Something Rothwell was thankful for but accepted it was unfortunate.

“So, I was pretty
confident he was going to fight. That is unfortunate the ref said that because
he’s basically just repeating what his cornermen were telling him.”

Prior to his fight with Struve, Rothwell had lost three straight UFC fights. The heavyweight knew a loss this weekend could have brought an end to his career. So whilst he was apologetic for the way the fight ended, Rothwell was just happy to be back in the win column.

“I think I was on the chopping block,” Rothwell said. “Let’s be honest, I’ve lost three decisions prior to this. I didn’t get helped, I don’t get finished and I fight to the end. But four losses is four losses and it can’t happen. So, this was crucial.”

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Ben Rothwell Believes He Saved UFC Job With Win Over Stefan Struve

Ben Rothwell believes he was in desperate need of a victory and he got one. That win didn’t come without controversy, however. Rothwell landed accidental low blow kicks in the first and second round to Struve. On the second kick, Struve looked to…

Ben Rothwell believes he was in desperate need of a victory and he got one. That win didn’t come without controversy, however. Rothwell landed accidental low blow kicks in the first and second round to Struve. On the second kick, Struve looked to be in agony but he pushed forward. Most agree that Struve shouldn’t […]

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UFC on ESPN 7 Results: The Real Winners and Losers

WASHINGTON, DC—This city waited 33 years for a baseball team. But guess what: after a long stint in the expansion team trash heap, this year the Washington Nationals became your World Series champions…

WASHINGTON, DC—This city waited 33 years for a baseball team. But guess what: after a long stint in the expansion team trash heap, this year the Washington Nationals became your World Series champions…

Ben Rothwell Bests Stefan Struve In Odd Fight – UFC DC Highlights

Ben Rothwell returned to winning ways in what turned out to be one of the oddest fights in recent memory. Rothwell took on Stefan Struve in a heavyweight encounter on the main card of UFC DC on Saturday night. The fight would get stopped a total of three times after Rothwell accidentally kicked Struve’s groin […]

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Ben Rothwell returned to winning ways in what turned out to be one of the oddest fights in recent memory.

Rothwell took on Stefan Struve in a heavyweight encounter on the main card of UFC DC on Saturday night. The fight would get stopped a total of three times after Rothwell accidentally kicked Struve’s groin twice.

Struve was writhing in pain both times but elected to fight on with Rothwell getting a point deducted after the second groin kick. In the end, it didn’t matter as Rothwell eventually managed to shell up Struve as he landed a barrage of strikes to get the second-round victory.

You can watch the finish below:

What did you think of that fight?

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UFC Washington Highlights: Ben Rothwell TKO’s Stefan Struve

Stefan Struve vs. Ben Rothwell was an interesting fight at UFC Washington. The two fighters met in a heavyweight bout at the UFC Washington event from the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C on Saturday night (December 7, 2019) that aired on ESPN. In …

Stefan Struve vs. Ben Rothwell was an interesting fight at UFC Washington. The two fighters met in a heavyweight bout at the UFC Washington event from the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C on Saturday night (December 7, 2019) that aired on ESPN. In the first round and in the second round, Rothwell hit two […]

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