MMA veteran Ben Rothwell spent 12 years of his career in the UFC. He entered the organization in 2009, at a time when apparel sponsors were nonexistent and fighters had more freedom in terms of what they wore in the cage.
“Yeah, no knock on the UFC. I left on great terms and everything is good, but it did become a little bit of a cookie cutter,” he said.
“Everybody is dressed the same, everyone looks the same, and kind of took the personalities away. That’s just a fact. It’s nothing none of us don’t know already.
“While (with) this, I get to kind of become myself again. I always talk about the guy you’re talking to now isn’t the guy that fights. I’m certainly known to have a light switch, and on fight night, I definitely have a persona that comes out.”
Rothwell’s bare-knuckle boxing debut will take place at BKFC 30 on October 1st against veteran Bobo O’Bannon in Monroe, Louisiana.