Ben Rothwell

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Ben Rothwell
Ben Rothwell 2012.jpg
Born(1981-10-17) October 17, 1981 (age 32)
Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
Other namesBig Ben
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight262 lb (119 kg; 18 st 10 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight
Reach80 in (203 cm)
StyleKickboxing
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofKenosha, Wisconsin
TeamRothwell MMA, Miletich Fighting Systems (formerly)
TrainerThiago Veiga & Luiz Claudio
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2001–present
Kickboxing record
Total3
Wins3
Losses0
Mixed martial arts record
Total42
Wins33
By knockout19
By submission11
By decision3
Losses9
By knockout4
By submission2
By decision3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 8, 2010
 
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Ben Rothwell
Ben Rothwell 2012.jpg
Born(1981-10-17) October 17, 1981 (age 32)
Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
Other namesBig Ben
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight262 lb (119 kg; 18 st 10 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight
Reach80 in (203 cm)
StyleKickboxing
StanceOrthodox
Fighting out ofKenosha, Wisconsin
TeamRothwell MMA, Miletich Fighting Systems (formerly)
TrainerThiago Veiga & Luiz Claudio
RankPurple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2001–present
Kickboxing record
Total3
Wins3
Losses0
Mixed martial arts record
Total42
Wins33
By knockout19
By submission11
By decision3
Losses9
By knockout4
By submission2
By decision3
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: March 8, 2010

Ben Rothwell (born October 17, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a Heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is perhaps best known for competing for the Quad Cities Silverbacks of the IFL where he held an undefeated 9–0 record before leaving the promotion due to a contract dispute. He has also had one-fight stints in Affliction, M-1 Global, and King of the Cage.

Background[edit]

Rothwell is from Kenosha, Wisconsin and both of his parents work in the restaurant business. His mother, Vicki, is a caterer who also owns and manages a historic restaurant along with his father, Dave. Rothwell was an active child but suffered a bout with spinal meningitis when he was six years old. He was in a coma and temporarily blind, while the disease made him almost obese. The young Rothwell, who struggled with his weight and identity in his adolescent years, was also troubled growing up, and was often involved in fighting and violence at Westosha Central High School. By the time he was a junior in high school, Rothwell knew that he enjoyed fighting and in 1999, at the age of 17 years old, Rothwell began learning self-defense. In July of that same year, after Rothwell had three professional fights under his belt, he and a friend were involved in a car accident with a drunk driver. Rothwell's friend, who was only 19 years old, died two weeks later and Rothwell himself also suffered a significant head injury, in addition to broken ribs. The event changed Rothwell's life, who now feels as though he has a real purpose to compete.[1]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Rothwell began his training under Dave Strasser in Kenosha, Wisconsin and began training with kickboxing specialist Duke Roufus in September 2003, before joining Miletich Fighting Systems the following spring.

Rothwell made his professional debut in early 2001 in his home-state of Wisconsin and dominated his opponent, winning by TKO only 21 seconds into the fight. He then continued to win his next three fights all under two minutes into the first round and all by strikes. He then faced future two-time UFC Heavyweight Champion and fellow Miletich Fighting Systems fighter, Tim Sylvia. Rothwell was handed his first career loss in a unanimous decision. However, he bounced back and won his next seven fights, all by submission or TKO, before a unanimous decision loss to Mike Whitehead.

After defeating former King of the Cage Super Heavyweight Champion, Dan Bobish by knockout, Rothwell was soon invited to compete in the International Fight League to compete for the Quad City Silverbacks, coached by the legendary Pat Miletich. Like several other fighters in the promotion, Rothwell was competing for the coach who he trained with regularly.

International Fight League[edit]

On April 29, 2006 Rothwell made his IFL debut against future UFC veteran, the Polish-Canadian fighter, Krzysztof Soszynski. In the first round, Soszynski surprisingly decided to fight with Rothwell on the feet, and landed a left uppercut and held his own until he was knocked down with short left hook from Rothwell, who then slammed Soszynski to the canvas. After working from side control and bringing the fight back to the feet, Rothwell landed a series of punches at the end of the round that knocked down Soszynski and then followed this up with more punches to the downed fighter. Despite the round ending, referee Dan Mirgliotta called a stop to the contest, granting Rothwell the win via TKO.

After racking up 4 more consecutive IFL wins he fought future The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights winner and IFL Heavyweight Champion Roy Nelson, winning via split decision.

His next fight would be a rematch from almost 5 years earlier against veteran Travis Fulton, owner of 195 career victories. 3 minutes into the second round Rothwell secured a kimura causing Fulton to tap.

Rothwell then met Krzysztof Soszynski in a rematch of his IFL debut. Rothwell once again won via TKO, only 13 seconds into the bout.

His last fight in the IFL came against former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Ricco Rodriguez in the team finals. After controlling the fight and displaying superior striking, Rothwell won the fight via unanimous decision. However, the Silverbacks fell short of a victory and lost the championship to Renzo Gracie's Pitbulls. This would prove to be the last appearance Rothwell would have in the IFL, as he would eventually leave the organization due to a contract dispute.

During his time in the IFL, Rothwell had a 9–0 record.[2]

Affliction[edit]

After leaving the IFL, Rothwell joined Affliction where he appeared in only one bout against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski, Rothwell lost the fight via knockout due to an uppercut in the final round. This ended Rothwell's 13 fight win streak and gave him his first defeat in over 3 years.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Rothwell made his UFC debut on October 24, 2009 at UFC 104 against undefeated Cain Velasquez losing via TKO a minute into round 2. The fight was shrouded in controversy because Rothwell seemed to be getting to his feet as Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight, Rothwell was visibly upset with Mazzagatti's decision to stop the fight at that moment.[3]

Rothwell was expected to face Mirko Filipović on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110.[4] However, Rothwell had to withdraw from the event, just days prior, due to an illness and was replaced by Anthony Perosh.[5]

Rothwell then fought Gilbert Yvel on June 15, 2010 at UFC 115 where he won by unanimous decision [6] During the first takedown Rothwell attempted he tore his ACL, following the fight Rothwell had surgery on it.[7] Rothwell also suffered a deviated septum from a head kick during the first round.[8]

After an extended layoff, Rothwell fought Mark Hunt on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135.[9] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Rothwell then faced Brendan Schaub on April 21, 2012 at UFC 145. Rothwell came into the fight in very good physical shape, and looked the leanest that he had ever been up to that point in his career. After Schaub threw a spinning strike, Rothwell "played possum," pretending to be rocked with the strike while Schaub came in. Rothwell landed a left hook that knocked down Schaub before landing more punches to his downed opponent before referee Herb Dean called the stoppage. Although Schaub seemed to be unconscious, Rothwell was given a TKO victory. Rothwell also earned Knockout of the Night honors for his performance.

Rothwell was expected to face Travis Browne at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera, but Rothwell pulled out due to an injury [10]

Rothwell faced Gabriel Gonzaga on January 19, 2013 at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping[11] He lost the fight via submission in the second round.

Rothwell faced Brandon Vera at UFC 164 on August 31, 2013.[12] He won the fight via TKO by punches in round three. Subsequent to the bout, Rothwell tested positive for elevated testosterone levels. Due to Rothwell having applied for therapeutic usage exemption, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (WDSPS) only issued him a warning. The UFC, however, opted to suspend Rothwell for 9 months.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Rothwell is married to Jennifer DeBoer and has a daughter from a previous relationship and he also has a brother named Lon. Rothwell attended Waukesha County Technical College where he earned a technical degree in collision repair. Aside from working in his parent's restaurant, he used to work in a body shop and as a labor union construction worker in Chicago, Illinois. He is of Scandinavian descent, and is very proud of his heritage.[14]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Win33–9Brandon VeraTKO (punches)UFC 164August 31, 201331:54Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United StatesRothwell tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone.
Loss32–9Gabriel GonzagaSubmission (guillotine choke)UFC on FX: Belfort vs. BispingJanuary 19, 201321:01São Paulo, Brazil
Win32–8Brendan SchaubKO (punches)UFC 145April 21, 201211:10Atlanta, Georgia, United States of AmericaKnockout of the Night
Loss31–8Mark HuntDecision (unanimous)UFC 135September 24, 201135:00Denver, Colorado, United States of America
Win31–7Gilbert YvelDecision (unanimous)UFC 115June 12, 201035:00Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Loss30–7Cain VelasquezTKO (punches)UFC 104October 24, 200920:58Los Angeles, California, United States
Win30–6Chris GuillenSubmission (elbows)Adrenaline MMA 2: Miletich vs. DennyDecember 11, 200813:30Moline, Illinois, United States
Loss29–6Andrei ArlovskiKO (punches)Affliction: BannedJuly 19, 200831:13Anaheim, California, United States
Win29–5Ricco RodriguezDecision (unanimous)IFL: 2007 Team Championship FinalSeptember 20, 200734:00Hollywood, Florida, United States
Win28–5Krzysztof SoszynskiTKO (punches)IFL: 2007 SemifinalsAugust 2, 200710:13East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
Win27–5Travis FultonSubmission (kimura)IFL: ChicagoMay 19, 200723:11Chicago, Illinois, United States
Win26–5Roy NelsonDecision (split)IFL: MolineApril 7, 200734:00Moline, Illinois, United States
Win25–5Matt ThompsonTKO (punches)IFL: HoustonFebruary 2, 200721:47Houston, Texas, United States
Win24–5Devin ColeKO (head kick)IFL: Championship FinalDecember 29, 200613:16Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win23–5Wojtek KaszowskiSubmission (keylock)IFL: World Championship SemifinalsNovember 2, 200613:14Portland, Oregon, United States
Win22–5Bryan VetellKO (punch)IFL: Gracie vs. MiletichSeptember 23, 200613:17Moline, Illinois, United States
Win21–5Krzysztof SoszynskiTKO (punches)IFL: Legends Championship 2006April 29, 200613:59Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win20–5Dan BobishKO (knee)GFC: Team Gracie vs Team Hammer HouseMarch 3, 200614:20Columbus, Ohio, United States
Win19–5Joey SmithSubmission (punches)ISCF: Gladiators XFebruary 24, 20061Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Win18–5Don RichardTKO (punches)KOTC: ConquestDecember 3, 200513:32Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Win17–5Allan WeickertTKO (punches)GFS: Fight Nite in the FlatsSeptember 17, 200513:45Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Loss16–5Dan ChristisonSubmission (kimura)Euphoria: USA vs WorldFebruary 26, 200530:57Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win16–4Jonathan WiezorekTKO (punches)Euphoria: Road to the TitlesOctober 15, 200411:09Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win15–4Matt BearSubmission (punches)Ultimate ThrowdownJuly 16, 2004N/ADes Moines, Iowa, United States
Loss14–4Carlos BarretoKO (head kick)Heat FC 1: GenesisJuly 31, 2003N/ANatal, Brazil
Win14–3Royce LouckTKO (cut)Freestyle Combat Challenge 11June 28, 20031Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Loss13–3Ibragim MagomedovTKO (retirement)M-1 MFC – Russia vs. the World 4November 15, 2002110:00St. Petersburg, RussiaScheduled for one 10-minute round. Rothwell refused offer for 2nd round.
Win13–2Travis FultonSubmission (injury)Freestyle Combat Challenge 8October 4, 2002N/ARacine, Wisconsin, United States
Win12–2Johnathan IveyTKO (cut)USMMA 2: Ring of FurySeptember 21, 200211:14Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Loss11–2Mike WhiteheadDecision (unanimous)SB 24: Return of the Heavyweights 2April 27, 200225:00Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win11–1Kerry SchallTKO (neck injury)SB 24: Return of the Heavyweights 2April 27, 200222:10Honolulu, Hawaii, United StatesSchall fell out of the ring.
Win10–1Curtis CrawfordSubmission (forearm choke)SB 24: Return of the Heavyweights 1April 26, 200211:03Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Win9–1Mike PriestSubmission (injury)Freestyle Combat Challenge 7March 23, 20021Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Win8–1Mike RadnovTKO (cut)Extreme Challenge 46February 16, 200215:54Clive, Iowa, United States
Win7–1Kerry SchallSubmission (injury)Extreme Challenge 46February 16, 200217:29Clive, Iowa, United StatesSchall submitted due to broken foot.
Win6–1Mike MarshalleckTKOFreestyle Combat Challenge 6January 5, 200210:38Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Win5–1Steve HutsonSubmission (arm triangle choke)SC 8: Fight NightNovember 10, 200113:35LaSalle, Illinois, United States
Loss4–1Tim SylviaDecision (unanimous)Extreme Challenge 42August 24, 200135:00Davenport, Iowa, United States
Win4–0Bill BillingtonSubmission (knees)Iowa Challenge 2August 11, 200111:07Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Win3–0Darren BlockKO (punch)Dangerzone: AuburnApril 28, 200110:16Auburn, Indiana, United States
Win2–0Anthony FergusonTKO (referee stoppage)Dangerzone: AuburnApril 28, 200111:00Auburn, Indiana, United States
Win1–0Rob ShinkleTKO (corner stoppage)Freestyle Combat Challenge 3January 6, 200110:21Racine, Wisconsin, United States

Kickboxing record[edit]

Kickboxing record

Legend:       Win       Loss       Draw/No contest       Notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guida, Bill MMA fighter’s new venture emphasizes discipline, self-improvement. Kenosha News
  2. ^ Ben Rothwell MMA Stats, Pictures, News, Videos, Biography. Sherdog.com.
  3. ^ UFC 104 Results and Live Play-by-Play. Sherdog.com (October 25, 2009). Retrieved on January 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Ben Rothwell and Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic likely to meet at UFC 110". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on November 8, 2009. Retrieved November 5, 2009. 
  5. ^ UFC 110: Anthony Perosh Replaces Ben Rothwell Versus Mirko Cro Cop. Fighters.com (February 19, 2010). Retrieved on January 3, 2014.
  6. ^ The Official Website of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. UFC (December 30, 2013). Retrieved on January 3, 2014.
  7. ^ Brady, Cory. (July 30, 2010) Ben Rothwell out nine months with torn ACL. Five Ounces of Pain. Retrieved on January 3, 2014.
  8. ^ UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell Out For 9 Months Due To ACL Tear. Fightofthenight.com. July 30, 2010.
  9. ^ "Ben Rothwell vs. Mark Hunt Projected for UFC 135". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved June 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ "UFC 145; seven bouts shift to Atlanta". mmajunkie.com. January 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ Erickson, Matt (November 2, 2012). "Heavyweights Ben Rothwell, Gabriel Gonzaga targeted for Jan. 19 UFC card in Brazil". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved November 2, 2012. 
  12. ^ Marrocco, Steven (May 14, 2013). "Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera heavyweight bout targeted for UFC 164 in Milwaukee". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ Marrocco, Steven (October 3, 2013). "UFC trumps Wisconsin, suspends Ben Rothwell for elevated testosterone". MMAjunkie.com. Retrieved October 3, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Warrior at heart". JSONLINE.com. August 2, 2007. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 

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