Ben Rothwell Credits Recent Life Changes to New Found Octagon Success

September 1, 2013
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09-Ben-Rothwell-UFC 135w_3748Ben Rothwell looked to get his UFC career back on the right track with a final round TKO victory over Brandon Vera at UFC 164 in Milwaukee on Saturday night.

Rothwell, 31, who referred to himself as a “fat heavyweight,” has implemented change in his life, which includes clean living and eating and attributes his Octagon success to the change.

“I’ve changed a lot in my training, as you can see. I’ve been known to gas, but the best of me came out in the third round. Who would have guessed?” Rothwell said on the UFC post-fight show on Fox Sports 2.

“There’s definitely some exciting changes. I’ve got some fire to burn, as the coaches say. The biggest effect I’ve had is that I’ve always been known as a fat heavyweight. I’ve literally cut off every bad thing in my life. I love video games; I haven’t played them in six months. I stopped doing a lot of dumb things.”

“All I do is watch my diet. I cook for myself. I grow a garden. I eat clean and I’ve got a full support system,” he continued.

With losses to top level heavyweight’s Cain Velasquez and Mark Hunt on his record, a revamped Rothwell is looking to give it another crack at the top level, but admits he isn’t getting ahead of himself just yet.

“All I do is train. I go what does a world champion do? And I wasn’t doing it and tonight a little bit came out. I still got work to do, but I’m here through work and to improve and impress the fans.

“I’m not getting ahead of myself. It was a fight I was supposed to win. I had to win and I’m just glad we had a great fight. It enabled me to test myself.”

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  • If by life changes, you mean TRT, then I agree with you Ben Rothwell.

  • Jay Magallon

    All I took from this article is that I sure as hell don’t think he should have had to give up video games. I love video games.

    • El Gvapo

      I don’t know, I’m sure there’s a distinct correlation between hours spent playing call of duty and the ability not to gas mid way through the second round

      • Jay Magallon

        Haha maybe there is. you never know

  • Oswald Cobblepott

    No more video games! Dang this world is getting too firm

  • Dragon Kid

    Watching the first two rounds of that fight was like watching Rocky kicking n punching a giant slab of meat

  • Kbroesq

    Why don’t TRT users just admit that’s what they are doing. I still wouldn’t like it, but I would have more respect for that. Rothwell gives a list of crap at the post fight presser that he believes contributed to his improved performance, including his diet, training, etc., and he completely fails to mention the fact that this was his first fight with his TRT exemption.

    I’m sorry, but the fact that he didn’t list TRT in the litany of things that apparently contributed to his improved performance means that he’s trying to hide it. Why are you trying to hide it if it’s this perfectly legitimate thing?