UFC heavyweights Brandon Vera and Ben Rothwell anchored the UFC’s second slot on the UFC 164 main card tonight in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The two big men battled it out on the pay-per-view card over three rounds, with Wisconsin’s Rothwell coming away with the win.
Rothwell Crushes Vera Late
Ben Rothwell wanted to put on a show tonight for his hometown crowd against Brandon Vera and he certainly achieved it tonight. After a close first two rounds that mostly saw Rothwell frustrated by the speed of Vera, Rothwell simply went after it and swarmed Vera in the third. What followed was a violent knockout by Rothwell in the third. The big man then called out Travis ‘Hapa’ Browne after the fight as his hometown crowd cheered him on.
Rd. 1- Herb Dean is our referee and we are a go after a touch of gloves. Legkick by Vera is answered by a hard strike from Rothwell. Inside leg kick to a nice 1-2 by Vera but a big strike from Rothwell knocks Vera back. Wicked body kick by Vera. Another quick leg kick by Vera. Rothwell swarms and eats an inside leg kick on the exit. Nasty left by Vera but Rothwell eats it and moves forward. Body kick by Vera but he takes a hard left as he escapes. Legkick by Rothwell now. Body to leg kick combo by Vera. Rothwell fires a headkick that draws a reaction from the crowd but it doesn’t land. Huge cup check by Rothwell as the :10 clapper sounds and Vera is hurting bad. Rothwell apologizes profusely and they touch gloves in the brief restart as the round sounds. MMAFrenzy scores it 10-9 Vera.
Rd. 2- Legkicks by Vera to open the round but Rothwell backs him up with a hard series of punches that just miss landing flush. Rothwell backs Vera up along the cage and lands some nice shots before landing the clinch. Knees by Vera here and Rothwell responds with a few of his own before Vera escapes. Nasty uppercut by Rothwell but he eats a vicious elbow by Vera. Vera lands a step knee to and over-the-top elbow in a brief clinch. Rothwell’s body is starting to wear the evidence of Vera’s kicks now. Vera tries a snatch single but misses it as he never really commits. Body shot to a clinch by Rothwell and he lets go to land a nice combo. Body kick by Rothwell. Vera with a body combo and a headkick that is blocked. Rothwell is again stalking forward but eats a combo from Vera before firing a head kick as the round ends. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Vera but this is a close fight.
Rd. 3- Rothwell is swarming forward and lands a hard shot before clinching. Knees by Rothwell now. Action stalls and Dean separates the two fighters. Rothwell is getting goofy with his footwork and eats a counter but then Rothwell connects with a light combo and a big uppercut! Rothwell is swarming now and lands a series of uppercuts before Vera drops to the canvas after a knee. Dean watches closely as Rothwell looks to finish and that’s it.
Ben Rothwell def. Brandon Vera via TKO (strikes) at 1:54 of Round 3