Ben Rothwell and Ovince Saint Preux clashed tonight in a light heavyweight clash (Wednesday May 13, 2020) at UFC Jacksonville, which took place inside the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida. After three fairly competitive laps, Rothwell won by split decision.
Saint Preux opened the fight with his instant kick. Another scored in the middle of the section moments later. One more! Rothwell supported his enemy in the fence and kicked, but he could not land. “OSP” kicked the inside of the leg, ate a hard right hand. Rothwell caught another kick, landed a jumpsuit. Saint Preux landed a solid left hand, circled towards the center. Saint Preux partially kicked a high kick, but that allowed Rothwell to throw him to the mat and wrap his neck. “OSP” controlled a hand to deny the suffocation, but Rothwell remained heavy on him and struck small punches. Saint Preux finally escaped to his feet with 20 seconds remaining in the heat, but nothing really happened before the bell.
High glance opened the second round for Saint Preux. He then scored with a left. Saint Preux has cornered his enemy with a jab, only for Rothwell to rush in a jumpsuit and land at least once. Rothwell struck in the melee, scoring with an uppercut. Rothwell kicked the inside of the thigh. A good instant kick landed for “OSP”, but Rothwell returned the favor. Body strike marked for Saint Preux. Overhand landed for “Big Ben”, followed by a changing uppercut. Saint Preux picked up two right hands in close combat, but Rothwell managed to obtain a double-necked tie and land the knees. Rothwell scored two hard knocks in the middle of the section. Rothwell shot in close combat, where he pushed his front into the jaw. “OSP” denied the withdrawal attempt but got stuck on the fence. Just when Rothwell really seems to be taking over, Saint Preux broke Rothwell with a counter hook and briefly sent his enemy to the mat.
It didn’t take long for Saint Preux to find itself again on the fence in the third. Rothwell’s first burst was missed, but he managed to score a low blow. On his next attempt, he wrapped the double-necked tie again and landed on his knees. Saint Preux brand with two hooks on the body and head. Rothwell’s big left hand brought his enemy’s head back. Rothwell tore the middle section. Rothwell returned to hand-to-hand work, landing on hard knees. Rothwell attacked a double leg, but Saint Preux was able to escape to the center. “OSP” picked up a big hook. The right lung hand scored for Rothwell. Rothwell continued to push, landing a cross in the midsection and uppercut. After a leaning fence, Saint Preux lands on the left and eats a cross. The final trade-off happened a little long after the bell, but it ended with Rothwell tripping over the rug.
It wasn’t exactly pretty – did anyone think it would be? – but Rothwell’s suits and front pressure did the job! Rothwell is now on a winning streak of two fights, which is a solid rebound from his recent skid.
Result: Ben Rothwell defeats Ovince Saint Preux by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
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