As the promotion has announced, the April 10th UFC Fight Night event in Zagreb, Croatia, will be headlined by a heavyweight fight between former champion Junior Dos Santos and Ben Rothwell.
For the last 3 years Ben Rothwell slowly turned away his status as a solid gatekeeper to the top 5 of the UFC heavyweight division. After his loss to Gabriel Gonzaga in 2013, "Big Ben" scored four consecutive finishes over Brandon Vera, Alistair Overeem and Matt Mitrione, ending up with a major upset in his fight with Josh Barnett at UFC on Fox 18 in January. Another one or two wins can make Ben Rothwell a legit UFC heavyweight title challenger.
Since his 2nd loss to Cain Velasquez in 2013, which ended the dramatic trilogy, "Cigano" has fought only two times. He scored a close win over Stipe Miocic then suffered a nasty KO loss by Alistair Overeem in December.
The UFC management rarely makes these "winner vs loser" type of match-ups, and this more than unusual matchmaking reveals a bit of a growing crisis in the heavyweight division more than anything else.
Among the other bouts of UFC Fight Night Zagreb, we should expect a very interesting heavyweight clash between surging Russian fighter of Dagestan origin Ruslan Magomedov (14-1), who will look to break into the top 15 by unleashing his kickboxing prowess on Gabriel Gonzaga.
Also announced to be on the card are Bojan Velickovic vs Alessio Di Chirico, Marcin Tybura vs Tim Johnson, and Mairbek Taisumov vs Damir Hadzovic.
The UFC Fight Night: Zagreb is set for April 10 and will be aired on FOX Sports 1 live from Zagreb Arena