16 Oct 2009 10:37:26 AM
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After nearly ten years in the fight business, moving from one small organization to another, Ben Rothwell will finally make his UFC debut next Saturday night at UFC 104 in Los Angeles. There he meets highly-touted AKA fighter and former All-American wrestler Cain Velasquez. Talking with Rothwell for this week’s SI.com column on the heavyweight clash, he says he has some surprises in store for the people who are still basing their opinions of him off the Andrei Arlvoski fight, and if Velasquez found himself in a little bit of trouble against Cheick Kongo, he’s really in for it on October 24.
You were supposed to make your UFC debut against Chase Gormley, who most people had probably never heard of. Instead you get Cain Velasquez. That’s a much bigger first fight. What do you think of Cain?
BR: He seems like a hard-nosed guy. He’s got the wrestling background. He’s got a lot of hype behind him and he’s feeling good right now. He’s had everything go his way. But I’m going to hit him and make him uncomfortable and we’ll see how he does when things don’t go his way. I’m going to be the guy that can actually stop takedowns, the guy who can handle him on the ground, and the guy who’s going to hit him harder than he’s ever been hit before. These are all things that are different for him.
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