Ben Rothwell buzzed the MMA world in September, by bombing out Alistair Overeem in the opening round, and then breaking out into a rather memorable, post-fight two-step. While one might think Rothwell’s moved on from talking about “The Reem”, it seems like some post-fight comments the latter made following the defeat, didn’t sit well with the massive heavyweight.
Overeem is scheduled to face Stefan Struve at UFC on FOX 13 on December 13th, and while talking to Submission Radio recently, he apparently said he could beat Rothwell “nine out of ten times” (quote via Bloody Elbow.com).
Rothwell recently appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing Overeem’s take on the memorable loss, the 33 year-old stated (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“He posts that, and I didn’t even have to say a word because it seemed like all the forums and media took care of it for me,” Rothwell said. “The general consensus was that this guy had brain damage. I think he’s getting hit in the head too many times to make that comment.
“If I was his coach or I was his teammate, I’d be like: ‘Dude, shut up. Stay out of media. You’re going into a fight that you cannot lose against a guy who could beat you, and you’re talking trash about a guy who just beat you. This makes no sense.’ Him talking trash on me right now while he’s going into a fight against Stefan Struve is only going to hurt him. I don’t know what he’s trying to do, because every time he talks all trash against Travis Browne and Bigfoot Silva, it has not turned out well for him. And he’s doing it again.”
According to Rothwell, Overeem also made comments and call outs heading into their September 5th bout, which prompted a “really dude?” out of the Wisconsin fighter.
All this aside, there’s no question that Overeem has his back up against the wall and then some as UFC on FOX 13 approaches. If the 34 year-old heavyweight loses it would likely bring his UFC run to an end. To date, the former Strikeforce, DREAM and K-1 champ has gone 2-3 in the Octagon.
When you consider all the hype that surrounded Overeem’s UFC arrival, and his debut win over Brock Lesnar, clearly things haven’t gone according to plan for the heavyweight.
Rothwell, on the other hand, has gone 3-2 in his last 5 scraps and has scored three stoppage wins during that time.
UFC on FOX 13 will be hosted by the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona.