UFC 145

UFC 145 Results: Did Ben Rothwell Save Himself from Being Cut?

(Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
(Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
G DAnalyst IIIApril 22, 2012

Let's be honest—the UFC heavyweight division isn't exactly overwhelming with its competition.

As a result, many competitors get more opportunities to fight one another compared to those fighting in lower weight classes such as the welter, middle and light-heavyweights.

One of these fighters was Ben Rothwell.

Rothwell began his career with an impressive 29-5 record, despite many of his wins coming to lackluster opponents. Nonetheless, Rothwell earned his chance to appear in the Octagon to fight former UFC heavyweight title holder, Cain Velasquez.

But Rothwell would get KO'd in the second round of action.

That was not necessarily the problem, as the overweight Rothwell would move on to fight Gilbert Yvel and capture his first UFC victory.

Even still, Rothwell wasn't impressive.

In his very next fight, Rothwell would once again go to the judge's scorecards where he fell short to Mark Hunt.

Once again, Rothwell wasn't impressive.

But the tides changed heading into UFC 145, as Rothwell showed up lean and mean. It was by far the best Rothwell we've seen in years both physically and skill-wise.

It took only one minute and 10 seconds for the large heavyweight to leave his mark, as he finished off Brendan Schaub with the knockout blow.

While Rothwell's win may not come as a surprise to some, chances are it saved his job.

 

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