UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs Rodriguez– Ben Rothwell vs Marcos Rogerio De Lima: Prediction and Analysis

Published 11/10/2021, 3:25 PM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 09: Ben Rothwell poses on the scale during the UFC weigh-in on October 09, 2020 on UFC Fight Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


The Ultimate Fighting Championship is back with yet another exciting event for fight fans. The UFC Vegas 42 will take place on 13th November inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. A featherweight war between Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez will headline the event.

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However, the fight card reflects many amazing bouts. And one of them is the heavyweight bout that will feature as the co-main event at the UFC Fight Night. The American fighter, Ben Rothwell, will take on the Brazilian fighter, Marcos Rogerio de Lima, inside the cage.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Ben Rothwell punches Marcin Tybura of Poland in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Rothwell has had a long career in UFC. He recently bounced back into the win column with a win over Chris Barnett in May. He has had only two losses in his previous five UFC bouts. ‘Big Ben’ will look to continue his winning streak with a win over the Brazilian.

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‘Pezao’, on the other hand, has had two losses and three wins in his previous bouts. He defeated Maurice Greene in May 2021. And on the back of one win, he will clash against one of the toughest opponents of his UFC career.

Both the heavyweight combatants are currently unranked in the division. Hence, it is an important fight for both the men to cement their position on the UFC roster. So ahead of this intriguing heavyweight bout, let us compare their careers, strengths, and weaknesses for a preview.

Ben Rothwell vs Marcos Rogerio de Lima- Battle of the Heavyweights

‘Big Ben’ has had an amazing professional fighting career with 39-19 to his name. He is a skilled finisher with an impressive twenty-two knockout wins and thirteen submission wins.

While the Brazilian ‘Pezao’ has a professional MMA resume of 18-8 to his name, he has finished twelve of his opponents via knockout and three via submission in his career.

Talking about the fight, Rothwell is a heavyweight giant and has a three-inch reach and height advantage over the Brazilian. Furthermore, ‘Big Ben’ has a lot more experience than the Brazilian.

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Rothwell has faced many prominent names and has a concerning number of first-round finishes to his name. Hence, it won’t be a walk in the park for ‘Pezao’ to face ‘Big Ben’ inside the cage. ‘Pezao’ has finished opponents in his previous bouts. However, Rothwell has a strong chin and has suffered only four knockout losses.

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This fight is surely going to be a striking contest. However, it won’t go to the distance. ‘Pezao’ will have to look for a finish and avoid being taken down by Rothwell. Or else Rothwell might outclass him on the mat and finish the fight early.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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