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Fighter on Fighter: Breaking down UFC Fight Night 86’s Ben Rothwell

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MMAmania.com resident fighter analyst — and aspiring professional fighter — Andrew Richardson breaks down the mixed martial arts (MMA) game of UFC Fight Night 86 headliner Ben Rothwell, who looks to potentially earn a title shot this Sunday (April 10, 2016) inside Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia.

Long-time Heavyweight veteran and opportunistic finisher, Ben Rothwell, is set to do battle with former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight roost-ruler, Junior dos Santos, this Sunday (April 10, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 86 inside Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia.

Rothwell is on the best win streak of his career. In his last three fights, he’s scored three straight finishes over some of the division’s top contenders, and each victory was dramatic and impressive.

Despite this, Rothwell seems to remain in the backgrounds in the talks of title contention. The 15-year professional hopes to change that with a victory here, as defeating “Cigano” is still a pretty big deal that very few men have accomplished.

Let’s take a closer look at the dark horse’s skill set:


Across his career, Rothwell has scored 20 total knockout wins, which certainly says something about the power in his hands. Early on, Rothwell was finishing these foes thanks to both his wrestling/ground striking skill and his surprising athleticism, as many early opponents were surprised when the 260-pound athlete could spring toward them and cover distance quickly or flick out a sudden high kick.

More recently, Rothwell has adapted a more methodical approach, and it’s working out for him. Instead of trying to bounce around and switch stances often — which is a difficult style for fighters above Welterweight to maintain — he now attacks with his own style and stance.

Now, Rothwell mostly sticks to his Orthodox stance, and he tends to lean backward a bit and keep his hands out. In this ….View full article

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