BREAKING: UFC Heavyweights Ben Rothwell vs Philipe Lins Scrapped From UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad

Published 03/10/2021, 9:41 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)


UFC heavyweights, Ben Rothwell and Philipe Lins are off the UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad card for Saturday night. Chiefly, an injury is suspected to have removed the featured bout from the main card. However, it’s unclear which of the two aforementioned heavyweights came in as the cause of the cancelation.

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The news came in through Fightful, and the specifics around the fall-out require further inspection. While the card certainly would have been bolstered by the heavyweights, there are other fan-friendly fighters on the card. Names such as Dan Ige, Misha Cirkunov, and Angela Hill stick out to fans as fighters to watch out for on March 13.

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UFC Vegas 21: Ben Rothwell and Philipe Lins

‘Big’ Ben Rothwell is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Marcin Tybura in his last outing from October 2020. Prior to the defeat, he was riding a two-fight win streak and was looking like a potential player in the division once again. However, with a 2-4 record in his last six, Rothwell will have to be more consistent to truly enter the ranks of that conversation.

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)

Philipe Lins is on a two-fight losing streak and was looking to bounce back against Rothwell. Moreover, the Brazilian is 0-2 in the company and could be fighting for his job in his next outing. The UFC has been gradually whittling down the roster and recent releases of fighters like Alistair Overeem are a point of concern for fighters.

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Both men would certainly put on an exciting three-round matchup, and it’s likely that the fight will be re-booked. Stylistically, a fight featuring Ben Rothwell is usually one that is always compelling, especially against a fundamentalist like Lins. Not to mention, rattling off a few straight wins at heavyweight is potentially enough to make a run.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JUNE 27: (L-R) Philipe Lins of Brazil punches Tanner Boser in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on June 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The big boys of the heavyweight weight class have been under the spotlight as of late with some spectacular performances. Additionally, there’s a renewed interest in the division with the title fight right around the corner at UFC 260. Fans are certainly following every development and will be looking forward to a quick turnaround booking for Rothwell vs Lins.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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