Heavyweight Veteran Chris Barnett to Make His UFC Debut Against UFC Veteran Ben Rothwell at UFC Vegas 27

Published 05/22/2021, 4:45 AM CDT


At UFC Vegas 27, fans are all set for a few exciting treats. The main event will feature a bantamweight clash between Rob Font and former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt. Besides the main event, another exciting fight to look up to will feature the UFC debut of the heavyweight veteran, Chris Barnett.

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The Spanish fighter Chris Barnett has traveled around the globe fighting several skilled MMA athletes. Now, finally, the ‘Beastboy’ has decided to make his UFC bow. At UFC Vegas 27, the preliminary card headliner will see ‘Beastboy’ make his UFC debut against the UFC veteran Ben Rothwell. 

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Barnett might be facing his toughest challenge to date in Rothwell. However, the ‘Beastboy’ has a lot of experience under his belt. Hence, this heavyweight clash between Barnett and Rothwell will be one of the most exciting matchups at UFC Vegas 27.

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Chris Barnett – Professional MMA record and stats

Barnett has a spectacular professional MMA record of 21-6 (W-L). Out of his 21 victories, the Florida fighter has won 16 of them via T/KO.

‘Beastboy’ has a 76% T/KO rate in his MMA career. As most of his victories have come via T/KO, it’s safe to say that Barnett is a knockout artist. He is 5’9″ tall with a reach of 75″ and a leg reach of 39″.

Barnett, who is stepping inside the octagon on a six-fight win streak, has claimed four T/KO victories and two decisions (1 split and 1 unanimous) since his last defeat. 

In his last fight at ADW: UAE Warriors 13, ‘Beastboy’ finished Ahmed Tijani Shehu in just under a minute. He dominated Shehu by landing several brutal punches to claim a T/KO victory. 

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It might be Barnett’s UFC debut, but he has a lot of experience under his belt. So, considering that Ben Rothwell suffered a unanimous decision loss in his last fight against Marcin Tybura, it won’t be a walk in the park for him.

Can Chris Barnett announce his UFC arrival in style? Or will the veteran Ben Rothwell have something to say?

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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