Tag:Ben Rothwell
Posted on: February 20, 2010 10:12 pm
Edited on: February 20, 2010 10:31 pm

UFC 110 live results: Cro Cop vs. Perosh

Up first is the legendary Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic vs. last-minute Australian replacement Anthony "The Hippo" Perosh at heavyweight.

Cro Cop's original opponent, Ben Rothwell, pulled out of the fight this week after coming down with some sort of ailment while in Australia. This is a pretty winnable fight for Cro Cop even if it weren't on short notice, and even taking into account that the Mirko Cro Cop we've seen lately isn't the stone cold killer he used to be.

Round 1: Perosh got a very nice hometown reaction during Bruce Buffer's introductions. Perosh tries early to close the distance while Cro Cop throws kicks and hands. Perosh gets the right leg and fights for a single leg takedown. Cro Cop successfully sprawls and breaks the attempt. Cro Cop stalks Perosh and hits a right-left combo, with the left sending Perosh into a backpedal. Perosh ties Cro Cop up, which doesn't go anywhere before Cro Cop forces the separation. Cro Cop still walking Perosh down and throwing hands, most of which are missing. Perosh shoots again and Cro Cop sprawls. Cro Cop lands a few punches on the ground before letting Perosh up. Perosh is busted open on the bridge of his nose. Perosh is still moving backward as Filipovic tries to get in close. Perosh shoots, Cro Cop sprawls. Cro Cop hammers at the side of Perosh's head a few times, then lets him up at the buzzer. 10-9 Cro Cop, who has yet to really bust out his famous head kicks.

Round 2: Perosh shoots, Cro Cop sprawls, Cro Cop hammers on Perosh's head for good measure. (Lather, rinse, repeat.) As they stand, Perosh mixes it up a little with a leg kick (checked) and some fists (nothing major lands). Another takedown attempt as Cro Cop sprawls and tenderizes Perosh's ribs and face with short punches. Neither fighter looks tremendous here, but Cro Cop is getting the upper hand consistently. Perosh with a very weak inside leg kick and a love-tap jab, leading to another stuffed takedown shot. This time Cro Cop ends up in Perosh's guard. Cro Cop lands a short elbow to Perosh's face, which explodes into a bloody mess. Referee Herb Dean stops the fight to examine the cut and it's nearly stopped, until Perosh convinces Dean that he can see and is ready to keep fighting. If his vision had been impaired by the blood, it would have been over. Perosh shoots, Cro Cop sprawls and ends the round by mincing Perosh's face with more short strikes. 10-9 Cro Cop, but it doesn't matter as the Octagonside doctors stop the fight between rounds. Cro Cop wins via TKO.

I'm not sure the Cro Cop we saw tonight would have been able to handle Ben Rothwell.

Winner: Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic defeats Anthony Perosh via TKO due to cut stoppage at 5:00 of Round 2.

Posted on: February 19, 2010 4:25 pm

UFC 110 live blog

We're back again this Saturday with a live round-by-round blog of the main card for UFC 110, headlined by Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez in a heavyweight clash.

The blog will begin between 9:30 and 9:45 p.m. ET with quickie undercard results, followed by complete details of each main-card bout as it happens live.

Here's the card:

  • Nogueira vs. Velasquez (Hwt.)
  • Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping (Mwt.)
  • Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos (Lwt.)
  • Keith Jardine vs. Ryan Bader (Light Hwt.)
  • Mirko Cro Cop vs. Anthony Perosh (Hwt.)
  • Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski (Light Hwt.)
  • Chris Lytle vs. Brian Foster (Wwt.)
  • CB Dollaway vs. Goran Reljic (Mwt.)
  • James Te Huna vs. Igor Pokrajac (Light Hwt.)

Mirko Cro Cop was originally supposed to face Ben Rothwell . Rothwell pulled out of the fight this week after coming down with an ailment of some sort after arriving in Australia.

In Rothwell's place, Cro Cop now fights Perosh, an Australian fighter that is 0-2 in UFC bouts (lost to Christian Wellisch and Jeff Monson , both in 2006).

Also, Elvis "The King of Rock and Rumble" Sinosic pulled out of his fight vs. Chris Haseman with a hurt shoulder. That fight was completely scrapped due to the UFC not having enough time to find a replacement opponent for Haseman.

See you Saturday for the live blog.

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Posted on: October 24, 2009 11:41 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2009 11:57 pm

UFC 104 live results: Velasquez vs. Rothwell

Undefeated heavyweight Cain Velasquez tries for his fifth straight UFC win in a battle against former IFL heavyweight champion Ben Rothwell, who makes his UFC debut.

Rothwell has won 14 of his last 15 fights, with the one loss being a third-round KO at the hands of Andrei Arlovski for the former Affliction fight promotion.

Round 1: Velasquez throws a body kick and Rothwell answers with straight punches. Rothwell with another combo off a Velasquez kick. Velasquez with a takedown. Rothwell tries to get up with his back to the fence. Rothwell gets up and Velasquez dumps him with a high takedown. Rothwell escapes. Velasquez lands some solid punches in a pair of exchanges. Velasquez with a single-leg takedown and some elbows from the top. Velasquez has side control. Velasquez lands a couple of fists from the top. Rothwell tries to escape and gets tripped to his back. More elbows by Velasquez. Velasquez throws punches from the top. Velasquez tries to take his back for a choke, but then switches to full mount. Rothwell pops his hips to escape and Velasquez goes right back to ground and pound. Velasquez stands over Rothwell and unloads with serious bombs from the top. Rothwell is getting dominated here, and is now bleeding. He just can't get up from beneath Velasquez. Miraculously, the round ends without Rothwell being finished. 10-8 Velasquez. He's just too much of an athlete, and his wrestling is far too advanced for Rothwell.

Round 2: Rothwell whiffs on a head kick. He looks out on his feet. Velasquez with a single leg takedown. Rothwell goes to kis knees and Velasquez smashes him with several hard uppercuts. Rothwell scrambles with his back to the cage, trying to get back to his feet. Velasquez obliterates him with five consecutive lefts to the face and referee Steve Mazzagatti stops the fight. Rothwell immediately protests the stoppage. Velasquez was clearly dominating the fight, but Rothwell does have a history of being able to take a lot of punishment. The thing is, if you aren't answering strikes like that, you're putting the referee in a position to make that call. Such is MMA.

Winner: Cain Velasquez defeats Ben Rothwell via TKO due to strikes at 58 seconds of Round 2.

Velasquez said after the fight that he didn't think Rothwell was finished, and that the fight could have gone longer. He felt Rothwell was still posturing up and trying to escape from the spot.
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