Ben Rothwell blocked a kick that broke his arm in his win over Alistair Overeem at UFC Fight Night Foxwoods on Friday, the heavyweight announced in a post-fight interview.
In speaking with FOX, Rothwell revealed that he didn’t block a kick properly, which led to the break of his limb.
“I ate a kick, didn’t block it properly, and he broke it,” Rothwell said. “I knew I did not want to block a kick wrong again. I had a feeling that something could have been wrong. That’s the good thing about a fight, adrenaline going.”
Despite the injury, Rothwell timed his offense just right, landing a fight-changing counterpunch against Overeem. The blow sent the former Strikeforce heavyweight champion to the canvas where Rothwell finished off the job with strikes at 2:19 of the opening round.
Post-fight, Rothwell said he firmly believed he would come out on top, despite being a betting underdog going into the fight.
“I’m feeling like you just witnessed … what happens when you just believe in yourself,” he said. “And now I’m ready to make my way to the title. This just proves it, right here.”
With the UFC Fight Night win, Rothwell collected his first Octagon victory in over a year. He returned to the UFC on Friday after serving a suspension for failing a post-fight drug test following an August 2013 bout.
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