Midnight Mania! Ben Rothwell believes light heavyweights are advancing because “they think heavyweights suck”


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When Ovince Saint Preux faces Ben Rothwell at the UFC on ESPN 9 on May 13, it will be his first appearance at heavyweight. “OSP” has been a pro since 2008, so it’s worth asking why he’s making the jump now. While the COVID-19 pandemic is a likely and understandable reason for avoiding weight loss, Rothwell himself has a different theory.

“I’ve already experienced this with [Villante], so I’ve already had all of these emotions about these guys moving into the heavyweights, “Rothwell said on Friday. The A side live chat (transcription via MMAFighting). “They think heavyweights fear. Jon Jones beats everyone, they run away from him. I got over it a bit. I see guys like Daniel Cormier and even going back further, Randy Couture, I think they really opened the door for guys in this weight class, in this weight zone, to fight anywhere, from top to bottom. “

Rothwell further explained that smaller trucks and older light trucks often have speed advantages, which can certainly make a difference. However, he also warns of the different levels of power that truly tall men carry.

“Technically, from what I can see, that’s why Curtis Blaydes is so successful,” said Rothwell. “I feel like it’s a struggle, it’s a matter of jiu-jitsu. Lots of heavyweights are the old rule: “The first heavyweight to get knocked down wins the fight” – that was the old saying in early 2000. I don’t know if much has changed. You have your two good guys, but I think for the most part it’s a speed factor. The guys at 220, 230, feel like they have an advantage, they can go up or down.

“Look at what Randy Couture has done. He was really good at making his eliminations, he used the guys, he could beat the biggest, and I think that is true. But you have guys with whom you have to be careful with the heavyweights. There is always the power factor. I think that all the heavyweights on the board bring a danger factor that does not exist in any other weight category. ”

Rothwell has been fighting since 2001, so “Big Ben” certainly has a much better outlook than most on what it takes to compete in the heavyweight arena. Going back to Rothwell’s comment “They think heavyweights fear”, it should be mentioned that the skill and threat level of heavyweights jumps at some point.

It’s one thing to break into the top 10 by eliminating Shamil Abdurakhimov, but a heavyweight Lightweight can end up in the cage with a real animal like Blaydes or Jairzinho Rozenstruik.

It’s a risky game!


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