October 17, 1981 |
Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Other names||Big Ben|
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||258 lb (117 kg; 18 st 6 lb)|
|Reach||80 in (203 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Team||Rothwell MMA / LCCT BJJ|
|Trainer||Thiago Veiga & Luiz Claudio|
|Years active||2001 – present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Ben Rothwell (born October 17, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who competes as a heavyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Ben has since opened his own gym with Thiago Veiga called Rothwell MMA/LCCT BJJ. He holds notable wins over Travis Fulton(2x), Dan Bobish, Krzysztof Soszynski(2x), Devin Cole, Roy Nelson, Ricco Rodriguez, Gilbert Yvel, and Brendan Schaub.
Mixed martial arts career 
Rothwell started fighting in 1999 at the age of 17, when he was learning self-defense. He began his training under Dave Strasser in Kenosha WI, He has trained under Pat Miletich and Duke Roufus. Rothwell cites his mother Victoria, a caterer, (who along with his father own and manage a historic restaurant) his wife, and his daughter as the most motivational people in his life. Rothwell also holds a 3–0 record in professional kickboxing, which includes a win over Nobu Hayashi in Shootboxing.
International Fight League 
On April 29, 2006 Rothwell made his IFL debut against Krzysztof Soszynski, winning by TKO in the first round.
His next fight would be a rematch from almost 5 years earlier against Travis Fulton, owner of 195 career MMA victories. 3 minutes into the second round Rothwell secured a kimura causing Fulton to tap.
Rothwell then met Krzysztof Soszynski in a rematch of his IFL debut. Rothwell once again won via TKO, only this time it only took 13 seconds.
His last fight in the IFL came against Ricco Rodriguez in the IFL team finals, he won the fight via unanimous decision but the Silverbacks fell short of a victory and lost the championship to Renzo Gracie's Pitbulls.
During his time in the IFL, Rothwell had a 9-0 record.
After the breakup of the IFL, Rothwell joined Affliction where he fought only one fight against former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski, Rothwell lost the fight via KO due to an uppercut in the final round. This ended Rothwell's 13 fight win streak and gave him his first defeat in over 3 years.
Ultimate Fighting Championship 
Rothwell made his UFC debut on October 24, 2009 at UFC 104 against undefeated Cain Velasquez losing via TKO a minute into round 2. The fight was shrouded in controversy because Rothwell seemed to be getting to his feet as Steve Mazzagatti stopped the fight, Rothwell was visibly upset with Mazzagatti's decision to stop the fight at that moment.
Rothwell was expected to face Mirko Filipović on February 21, 2010 at UFC 110. However, Rothwell had to withdraw from the event, just days prior, due to an illness and was replaced by Anthony Perosh.
Rothwell then fought Gilbert Yvel on June 15, 2010 at UFC 115 where he won by unanimous decision  During the first takedown Rothwell attempted he tore his ACL, following the fight Rothwell had surgery on it. Rothwell also suffered a deviated septum from a head kick during the first round.
Personal life 
Mixed martial arts record 
|Professional record breakdown|
|41 matches||32 wins||9 losses|
|Loss||32–9||Gabriel Gonzaga||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Bisping||January 19, 2013||2||1:01||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Win||32–8||Brendan Schaub||KO (punches)||UFC 145||April 21, 2012||1||1:10||Atlanta, Georgia, United States||Knockout of the Night|
|Loss||31–8||Mark Hunt||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 135||September 24, 2011||3||5:00||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||31–7||Gilbert Yvel||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 115||June 12, 2010||3||5:00||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Loss||30–7||Cain Velasquez||TKO (punches)||UFC 104||October 24, 2009||2||0:58||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||30–6||Chris Guillen||Submission (elbows)||Adrenaline MMA 2: Miletich vs. Denny||December 11, 2008||1||3:30||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||29–6||Andrei Arlovski||KO (punches)||Affliction: Banned||July 19, 2008||3||1:13||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||29–5||Ricco Rodriguez||Decision (unanimous)||IFL: 2007 Team Championship Final||September 20, 2007||3||4:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||28–5||Krzysztof Soszynski||TKO (punches)||IFL: 2007 Semifinals||August 2, 2007||1||0:13||East Rutherford, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||27–5||Travis Fulton||Submission (kimura)||IFL: Chicago||May 19, 2007||2||3:11||Chicago, Illinois, United States|
|Win||26–5||Roy Nelson||Decision (split)||IFL: Moline||April 7, 2007||3||4:00||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Win||25–5||Matt Thompson||TKO (punches)||IFL: Houston||February 2, 2007||2||1:47||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||24–5||Devin Cole||KO (head kick)||IFL: Championship Final||December 29, 2006||1||3:16||Connecticut, United States|
|Win||23–5||Wojtek Kaszowski||Submission (keylock)||IFL: World Championship Semifinals||November 2, 2006||1||3:14||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||22–5||Bryan Vetell||KO (punch)||IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich||September 23, 2006||1||3:17||Moline, Illinois, United States|
|Win||21–5||Krzysztof Soszynski||TKO (punches)||IFL: Legends Championship 2006||April 29, 2006||1||3:59||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||20–5||Dan Bobish||KO (knee)||GFC: Team Gracie vs Team Hammer House||March 3, 2006||1||4:20||Ohio, United States|
|Win||19–5||Joey Smith||Submission (punches)||ISCF: Gladiators X||February 24, 2006||1||Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||18–5||Don Richard||TKO (punches)||KOTC: Conquest||December 3, 2005||1||3:32||Alberta, Canada|
|Win||17–5||Allan Weickert||TKO (punches)||GFS: Fight Nite in the Flats||September 17, 2005||1||3:45||Ohio, United States|
|Loss||16–5||Dan Christison||Submission (kimura)||Euphoria: USA vs World||February 26, 2005||3||0:57||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||16–4||Jonathan Wiezorek||TKO (punches)||Euphoria: Road to the Titles||October 15, 2004||1||1:09||New Jersey, United States|
|Win||15–4||Matt Bear||Submission (punches)||Ultimate Throwdown||July 16, 2004||N/A||Iowa, United States|
|Loss||14–4||Carlos Barreto||KO (head kick)||Heat FC 1: Genesis||July 31, 2003||N/A||Natal, Brazil|
|Win||14–3||Royce Louck||TKO (cut)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 11||June 28, 2003||1||Wisconsin, United States|
|Loss||13–3||Ibragim Magomedov||TKO (retirement)||M-1 MFC: Russia vs the World 4||November 15, 2002||1||10:00||St. Petersburg, Russia||Scheduled for one 10-minute round. Rothwell refused offer for 2nd round.|
|Win||13–2||Travis Fulton||Submission (injury)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 8||October 4, 2002||N/A||Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||12–2||Johnathan Ivey||TKO (cut)||USMMA 2: Ring of Fury||September 21, 2002||1||1:14||Massachusetts, United States|
|Loss||11–2||Mike Whitehead||Decision (unanimous)||SB 24: Return of the Heavyweights 2||April 27, 2002||2||5:00||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||11–1||Kerry Schall||TKO (neck injury)||SB 24: Return of the Heavyweights 2||April 27, 2002||2||2:10||Hawaii, United States||Schall fell out of the ring.|
|Win||10–1||Curtis Crawford||Submission (forearm choke)||SB 24: Return of the Heavyweights 1||April 26, 2002||1||1:03||Hawaii, United States|
|Win||9–1||Mike Priest||Submission (injury)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 7||March 23, 2002||1||Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||8–1||Mike Radnov||TKO (cut)||Extreme Challenge 46||February 16, 2002||1||5:54||Iowa, United States|
|Win||7–1||Kerry Schall||Submission (injury)||Extreme Challenge 46||February 16, 2002||1||7:29||Iowa, United States||Schall submitted due to broken foot.|
|Win||6–1||Mike Marshalleck||TKO||Freestyle Combat Challenge 6||January 5, 2002||1||0:38||Wisconsin, United States|
|Win||5–1||Steve Hutson||Submission (arm triangle choke)||SC 8: Fight Night||November 10, 2001||1||3:35||Illinois, United States|
|Loss||4–1||Tim Sylvia||Decision (unanimous)||Extreme Challenge 42||August 24, 2001||3||5:00||Iowa, United States|
|Win||4–0||Bill Billington||Submission (knees)||Iowa Challenge 2||August 11, 2001||1||1:07||Iowa, United States|
|Win||3–0||Darren Block||KO (punch)||Dangerzone: Auburn||April 28, 2001||1||0:16||Indiana, United States|
|Win||2–0||Anthony Ferguson||TKO (referee stoppage)||Dangerzone: Auburn||April 28, 2001||1||1:00||Indiana, United States|
|Win||1–0||Rob Shinkle||TKO (corner stoppage)||Freestyle Combat Challenge 3||January 6, 2001||1||0:21|
Kickboxing record 
3 wins, 0 losses
Legend: Win Loss Draw/No contest Notes
- Shootboxing 2005 - Ground Zero Fukuoka
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