Junior dos Santos and Ben Rothwell went to war at UFC Fight Night 86 inside Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia. In a clear victory, dos Santos picked his opponent apart for a decision win. Find out how below!
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight contenders Junior dos Santos and Ben Rothwell clashed on Sunday (April 10, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 86 inside Arena Zagreb in Zagreb, Croatia.
Full fight video highlights HERE.
Dos Santos has been in something of a slump for the last couple years. Though he entered this bout still in the top five, dos Santos needed the victory here to maintain that position and return to the title hunt.
Rothwell, meanwhile, has been tearing through tough competition lately. He’s emerged as a top contender, and “Big Ben” was looking to prove himself worthy of a title shot last night.
Rothwell opened up with some weird movement before stalking his opponent, and dos Santos responded by trying to pick his shots from the outside. Rothwell attempted his first flurry about two minutes in, and he did land a few nice shots. Meanwhile, dos Santos continued to work with jabs and crosses to the body.
By the halfway point of the round, Rothwell seemed to find his range a bit. He began to score with his overhand more frequently, and Rothwell scored after walking dos Santos into the fence a few times, capitalizing on that well-known flaw of the Brazilian.
Overall, it was a rather close round, but Rothwell seemed to have a slight edge.
Dos Santos found some good success early in the round, as dos Santos did a nice job countering his opponent’s attempts to get inside. However, Rothwell adjusted by focusing more on his low kicks, which were consistently digging into his opponent’s lead leg.
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