All the momentum that Ben Rothwelll (36-10) was riding came to an end in the main event at UFC Fight Night 86 earlier this afternoon (Sun., April 10, 2016). Junior dos Santos (18-4) defeated Rothwell via unanimous decision inside Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia after putting on a five-round striking clinic.
All three judges scored the bout 50-45.
“Cigano” had a fantastic game plan and outclassed Rothwell badly over the course of 25 minutes. He landed whatever and whenever he wanted to and looked outstanding doing so using his greatest tool: his boxing.
“I used my footwork to move a lot and throw some hard punches on him and use my boxing, because guys… Forget about jiu-jitsu and wrestling I’m a boxing guy,” dos Santos told Jon Anik after the bout.
Both fighters circled and measured their distance for the opening two minutes of the bout and barely exchanged any punches. Rothwell tried to clinch up, but dos Santos avoided it and continued to circle. “Big Ben” charged in on several occasions but came up empty as did “Cigano” when he attempted to counter. The former UFC Heavyweight champion landed several solid punches to the body as the round came to a close. Neither landed any significant strikes in the round.
Dos Santos missed a big overhand right to begin the second round, but Rothwell ducked underneath it. The No. 4-ranked UFC Heavyweight landed an outside low kick, but it did not hinder the movement of dos Santos. The Brazilian began to land punches with more success as the round wore on. dos Santos got poked in the eye by Rothwell and referee Marc Goddard halted the bout to allow dos Santos to recover. As the round drew to a close, the No.5-ranked UFC heavyweight landed a big right hand that stunned Rothwell. He followed ….View full article
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