In a Heavyweight fight at UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans, Big Ben Rothwell faced off with Brendan Schaub. After just over 1 minute of action, Rothwell was able to catch Schaub with a heavy combination and shut his lights off, winning via KO at 1:10 in round 1. The fight earned Rothwell the Knock Out of the Night bonus. Rothwell gets a much needed win here, bringing his UFC record up to 2-2, 32-8 overall. Schaub drops his 2nd straight, both by KO, and is now 8-3.
With both men coming in off of losses, and losses where they looked bad, this was a high stakes fight. Rothwell came in focused and somewhat slimmed up, and his determination seemed to carry him through. When Schaub got over-eager, Rothwell used nice counter striking to make him pay.
What was the high spot of this fight?
The shoot-out that led to the end clearly. Though I suspect the real lasting image of this fight will be an essentially unconscious Schaub blindly reaching out to pull Rothwell into guard.
Where do these guys go from here?
Rothwell finally capitalized on his pre-UFC reputation here, earning the big win he so desperately needed. Not sure how far he can go in the UFC, but I'm interested to see what is next for the veteran. I'd like to see him against fellow UFC 145 winner Travis Browne next.
I doubt Schaub will be cut here, but he's in a must-win situation for sure. Dave Herman seems like a good opponent at this stage.
Watch it now, later or never?
Now. It's short and features a great KO. Go for it.
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