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UFC’s Ben Rothwell Wants Rematch with Andrei Arlovski

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This past Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 68, in the co-main event “Big” Ben Rothwell (35-9) absolutely dismantled former NFL football player Matt Mitrione (9-4) by way of front choke in just under two minutes. The win for Rothwell was his 3rd in a row as well as his 3rd straight finish in a row.

Anytime somebody in such a slim division as Ben is in, gets that kind of momentum they always feel the need to add a whisper into UFC matchmaker Joe Silva’s ear. Rothwell made it known that he wants to take on another man on a comeback trail and a former UFC Heavyweight Champion in Andrei “The Pitbull” Arlovski (24-10-1).

“I know the championship is next weekend,” said Rothwell, referring to June 13’s UFC 188, which features a heavyweight title unification bout between undisputed champ Cain Velasquez and interim champ Fabricio Werdum. “I think Stipe (Miocic) has built up a good case; I think he should have the next challenge, and I think Andrei Arlovski and I should dance.

“(Arlovski is) ranked fourth, and some people are already talking about him getting the next title shot, so I think him and I should fight next. I know he’s got a little bit of an injury, so he’s going to take some time off. I’ll be ready for him when he heals.”

Rothwell took on Arlovski in a match under the Affliction promotion. Andrei took that contest via third round TKO. Since returning to the UFC Arlovski is 3-0 and has won 7 of his last 8 bouts. Both men are in the thick of a late career title run and seem prime for a rematch. Although Rothwell feels he’s always being overlooked.

“I think a lot of it comes from the writers in MMA,” he said. “Constantly, I just feel like I’m overlooked and I’m not getting any respect. Again, I was an underdog tonight. On the writer’s column, everybody picked Mitrione. I’m kind of getting used it. I like it. Keep making me the underdog. I like putting loss on your guys’ picks there. My performances have slowed me down in the past,” he said. “Now, I think I’ve made a case for myself. Three fight win streak, three finishes, and I think it’s time we make something happen. Let me fight these top guys.”

 

 

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.