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Ben Rothwell on Sparring With Brock Lesnar and Rematching Roy Nelson

(Who’s ready for round two?)

Ben Rothwell hasn’t even had his first UFC fight yet, but he’s already got his eye on the UFC heavyweight title.  He even has a little insight about the man who holds it, and how best to go about taking it from him.  

While talking to Rothwell about his impending debut at UFC 104 against Chase Gormley – the same opponent he was originally scheduled to face at Affliction: Trilogy – the conversation turned to other UFC heavyweights like “Ultimate Fighter” season ten participant Roy Nelson, who Rothwell had a memorable clash with in the IFL.  While Rothwell said he’s absolutely expecting a rematch with Nelson in the UFC, he went on to say that he thought of both Gormley and Nelson as preparation for a fight with UFC champ Brock Lesnar:

“I’m not excited just to be in the UFC.  I’m excited to come in there and win a world title.  I’m not just happy to be there.  I won’t be excited until I’ve won the belt.  Make no mistake, I’m coming in here to take care of business.”

“I think people would be interested in the match-up because, size-wise, I’m a bigger heavyweight too.  I could cut down on a lot of his advantages, like his size and strength.  My experience is an asset for me and my takedown defense is always improving.  My stand-up would definitely give him some problems.  Even against Mir, who I’ve never thought had fantastic stand-up, though obviously he looked good against Nogueira, but Lesnar wanted no part of the stand-up against Mir.  And if he wanted no part of Mir, who’s a 240-pound heavyweight, I know he definitely wouldn’t want to stand with me.  My hands and feet will hurt people.”

Rothwell mentioned that he had some experience working with Lesnar, since the former WWE star visited the Miletich camp before making his initial foray into MMA:

"Actually, a year before he really started in MMA, Lesnar came to our camp for two weeks.  He watched as I – and I’m not happy about it or bragging about it – but I literally knocked a guy into a concussion during sparring with a head kick.  Lesnar just said, ‘Please don’t do that to me.’  He’s not going to forget that.  He’s going to know that one hit from me and that could be it.  

"Don’t get me wrong, he’s got big meathooks.  No one wants to get hit by him, either.  But at the same time he also hurt himself trying to hit me.  He actually pulled the cartilage in his ribs because he threw this big haymaker at me and I avoided it."

Check out more from Rothwell in our full interview with the new UFC acquisition, coming later this week.

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AgentoftheBat- August 4, 2009 at 6:58 pm
This guy is a joke, Brock would murder him.
MKO- August 4, 2009 at 6:42 pm
Meatflaps would have been a lot funnier than meathooks.
tallkitchenbags- August 4, 2009 at 3:20 pm
of course he wants a rematch, he got beat for fuck's sake. also take a look at the way he's leaning away from big country. he can flap his gums, but it's not like he's all up in RN's grill.
Dr.- August 4, 2009 at 2:48 pm
It's not unlike the UFC to pick up non-winners in the finale for the 6-fig contract - at discounted rates. How many damn times have we seen Manny "I'm Karo's cousin" Gamburyan post TUF? Too many. Rothy saying he'd have a rematch with Roy doesn't let any cats out. But I too expect good things from Roy on TUF10.

Take down defense needs to be good to avoid angry hammerfists of death, so I'm hoping it has been improving.
eviltaxiNWO- August 4, 2009 at 1:51 pm
Brock Lesnar is scared of Ben Rothwell.
augs- August 4, 2009 at 1:36 pm
am i the only one that didn't think of sloth from the goonies when seeing shamrock?
"hey you guys"
ArmFarmer- August 4, 2009 at 1:20 pm
Ken Shamrock looks like one of those 15 year old wiggers that tries to be hard but just comes off fake as hell and annoys everyone.
Cock Chestner- August 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm
lol @ rothwell....

he needs to beat some real contenders before he starts daydreaming of a title fight..
Jesus Frijoles- August 4, 2009 at 12:33 pm
caption should read . Chaos ensues after buffet line jumping incident.
Mike Milbury- August 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm
Man, Ken looks like a goof in that picture. Nice tank top and sideways cap/visor.
Bare Grappler- August 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm
I too cannot wait for TUF 10. I find this new heavyweight division compelling with the athletes coming in to TUF and other prospects in the division.

How is Chris Tuchscherer (17-1) vs Gabriel Gonzaga on the undercard of 102 behind Leben vs Jake Rosholt? Also at 102 at heavy is Tim Hague (10-1) vs Todd Duffee (4-0).
Smackdaddiest1- August 4, 2009 at 11:22 am
Jay Smith- August 4, 2009 at 11:13 am
I can't freakin wait for TUF 10 to jump off!
Jay Smith- August 4, 2009 at 11:11 am
Bellies are funny :) NOT MINE JERKS!!!
Smackdaddiest1- August 4, 2009 at 10:29 am
@Armfarmer, yeah you're thinking about Nelson.

@O,B,& I Of course I felt like Roy would at least make the finals, but anything can happen in that house.

Roy vs Kimbo. How long before Big Country would take him to the ground and finish it?
ArmFarmer- August 4, 2009 at 10:24 am
Didn't Rothwell have Arlovski on the ground and was working for submissions while Arlovski basically just laid there like my ex girlfriend (making no attempt to change positions or provide any kind of entertainment).. and then the ref randomly stood them up? I didn't think he looked all that impressive against Rothwell but I haven't seen the fight in a long time I could be wrong.

Edit: On second thought I think I'm thinking of Nelson, nevermind.
Fiction- August 4, 2009 at 10:17 am
Shammy doing his best Spicoli.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- August 4, 2009 at 10:05 am
Check out Shammy in the pic above.

It looks like he's watching his career disapear into the sunset....
Koeikan- August 4, 2009 at 9:45 am
Rothwell got owned by Arlovski... He's big and can take a shot, but he's too slow.
Josh-O Slicenett- August 4, 2009 at 9:44 am
I hate guy's that brag about knocking out a training partner during "sparring". That's gotta be my biggest pet peeve. F'ing douchebag!
Old_Bald_and_Irish- August 4, 2009 at 9:40 am
@ Smackdaddiest1

What, you didn't think Nelson would go all the way?

I bet my big-boy Roy shocked the hell outta the TUF house. Dudes talented. I'm sure he pretty much went the distance.
Old_Bald_and_Irish- August 4, 2009 at 9:38 am

I've always liked this guy. To his credit, Arlovski tooled Big Ben up pretty good. But I always felt like that was an 'off' night for Rothwell.

I'm happy to hear him talk about "taking care of business' and keeping his eyes on the belt

...just make sure that you take care of the fight in front of you first, okay?

Big Ben vs Brock?

Why, yes...yes I would like to see that fight...very much!
Smackdaddiest1- August 4, 2009 at 9:35 am
I wonder if Rothwell is "letting the cat out of the bag" as to how well Nelson did on TUF 10?

Sure sounds that way, doesn't it?

He needs to worry about beating the guy he's facing. I'm sure Brock's not the same starry eyed groupie he was a year before he got into MMA.