11 Submissions ( 35.48 %)
3 Decisions ( 9.68 %)
1 Submissions ( 12.5 %)
3 Decisions ( 37.5 %)
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Posted on September 25, 2011
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In 1999, at the age of 17, Ben Rothwell began training under Pat Miletich and Duke Roufus. Rothwell quickly became a fighting workhorse on the regional circuits. His first fight was over in 21 seconds, and by the time 2001 was over he was 5-1. His sole loss was by decision to future heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia, but all of his wins were finished in the first round. In 2002, Rothwell fought 10 times, and lost twice by decision. The 8 wins were all stoppages, and 5 of them were in the first round. All though the next three years had no where near as many fights as Rothwell’s 2002, he would go 6-2.
In 2006 Rothwell began fighting for the International FIght League, an MMA promotion with television exposure and a team based format. Already riding a 4 fight winning streak, Rothwell went 9-0 in the IFL. His biggest wins were over Ricco Rodriguez (Decision,) Roy Nelson(Decision,) Travis Fulton (submission,) and Krzysztof Soszynski (twice, tko.) The Journeymen fighter was then given a crack at another former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski. Rothwell was knocked out in the third round ending his 13 fight winning streak, and making it only the second time he was finished with strikes.
After another win, Rothwell was invited to the UFC, and fought future UFC champion Cain Velasquez. The fight was stopped early in the second round by the ref with Velasquez being the winner. Rothwell seemed to still have his senses about him and looked to be getting to his feet when the bout was halted. Rothwell was then scheduled to face Mirko Crocop, but Rothwell was forced to pull out days before hand because of illness. At UFC 115 Rothwell fought Gilbert Yvel, and won via decision. In the bout he suffered a torn ACL and a deviated septum injury that required surgery.
Rothwell is scheduled to fight Mark Hunt at UFC 135.