Ben Rothwell vs. Mark Hunt In the Works for UFC 135 in Denver

June 13, 2011
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A heavyweight match-up is in the works for UFC 135 in Denver as Ben Rothwell looks to return to action as he faces former K-1 fighter Mark Hunt on the card.

Sources close to the bout confirmed the match-up to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.

Rothwell (31-7) has not seen action since June 2010 after a win over Gilbert Yvel in the UFC. The former IFL heavyweight suffered a torn ACL that put him out of action for several months, but it appears he’ll be ready to go again in September.

Facing Rothwell in his first fight back will be former Pride and K-1 fighter Mark Hunt (6-7) who looks to build on his last fight, a win over Chris Tuchscherer in Australia in February.

The New Zealand fighter is now 1-1 in the UFC, and will look to build on that when he faces Rothwell in September.

The heavyweight bout is the latest addition to the growing card that is expected to be headlined by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones defending his belt against Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson.

(additional reporting by Erik Fontanez)


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  • wonggfan

    Rothwell should take this easily. Hunt has lost his power over the years and Rothwell has good enough wrestling/size to put this fight on the mat.

    I just don’t want to hear Fathwell say post-fight stuff like “Mark was a former Pride HW contender and this fight shows that I have what it takes to be a contender in the UFC” “Mark was a solid opponent and I am happy that I can show that my hardtraining and dietary changes have worked” “I would like to fight Carwin/Brock.”