Ben Rothwell Pays Tribute to Jorge Masvidal After Submitting UFC Newcomer Chris Barnett at UFC Vegas 27

Published 05/22/2021, 9:02 PM EDT


UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell pulled off a second-round submission win over UFC newcomer Chris Barnett at UFC Vegas 27. ‘Big Ben’ locked a rare ‘gogo’ choke submission at 2:07 of round two, although his resume recorded a guillotine choke. Rothwell has been using the technique throughout his career and has put several heavyweight fighters in compromising positions.

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Barnett came in with the reputation of being able to throw everything short of the kitchen sink at his opponents. Few have been able to match the power of ferocious hook combinations of the former super heavyweight. However, Ben Rothwell has proved repeatedly that he brings a sense of preparation and technique that’s not always common for heavyweights.

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Ben Rothwell pays ode to Jorge Masvidal

Following his second-round win, Rothwell spoke to Paul Felder on the mic and commented on his victory over Barnett. While acknowledging the importance of securing a win over a UFC newcomer, Rothwell dropped a line that fans picked up on. Chiefly, Rothwell paid homage to Jorge Masvidal’s infamous ‘Super Necessary’ line while discussing the win.

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)

“This was very much a must-win, what’s the saying ‘Super Necessary’ so hashtag that, that’s what this fight was. My back was against the wall, fighting a guy coming in like that. You know I have to show UFC’s another level and props to him stepping up, coming in here.”

“He wanted it bad too and was going to bring it so I had to show him not yet. Not today, not on my watch.”

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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)

It’s clear that Rothwell, who was fighting with a chip on his shoulder, wanted to prove he belongs at the top. He was coming off a unanimous decision defeat to Marcin Tybura and was looking to enter the top 15. He’s now 3-1 in his last four fights and will look toward the match-makers to book a bout against a ranked opponent.

What did you make of his win tonight?

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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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