UFC 164 Results: Ben Rothwell Topples Brandon Vera, Calls Out Travis Browne

August 31, 2013
29 Comments

Ben Rothwell Affliction 1Brandon Vera returned to the heavyweight division for the first time since 2008 in order to face Ben Rothwell.

Rothwell and Vera squared off as part of the UFC 164 main card, which aired live on pay-per-view from Milwaukee’s Bradley Center on Saturday night.

Vera debuted with the sport’s premier organization as a heavyweight in 2005 and returned to his original division against Rothwell, who had a 21-pound weight advantage.

Entering the bout a year removed from his thrilling fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at light heavyweight, Vera was attempting to prove that he remains a dangerous fighter regardless of weight class.

However, Rothwell’s size and power proved too much for Vera to overcome in his heavyweight return.  Vera utilized plenty of movement and kicks to keep Rothwell guessing, which forced him to rush forward in order to find success.

Rothwell’s Achilles’ heel in past performances had been his lack of conditioning, but he turned the corner on Saturday night, as he pressed the action and showed no signs of slowing down against the quicker Vera.

The third and final round was all Rothwell’s as he charged forward pressing Vera against the cage, where he unleashed a barrage of strikes that wilted “The Truth” and signaled the end of the fight.

With the victory, Rothwell notched his nineteenth knockout victory and moved to 3-3 inside the Octagon.

Following the fight, Rothwell didn’t hesitate to lay out a roadmap for the UFC‘s dynamic matchmaking duo of Joe Silva and Sean Shelby, calling out Travis Browne.

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  • Kbroesq

    For those of you who don’t think the use of TRT is cheating, I give you Exhibit A. I’ve watched Rothwell fight in almost every fight he’s been in, and there hasn’t been a fight that I’ve seen where he wasn’t badly in need of an oxygen mask in the second or third round.

    Now he fights Vera, and gets his well needed and warranted (sarcasm) TRT exemption at the ripe old age of 31 (more sarcasm), and he’s hopping around like a rabbit in the third round, and barely breathing. I’m sure it was because of his intense training (yet more sarcasm).

    Rogan asked him in his post fight interview what was going through his mind as he was going at Vera like a maniac; the question should have been: what was going through your body and the answer is PEDs. I don’t know how a guy can be proud of a victory like that. I feel bad for Vera too; he’s good fighter and a stand up guy. Rothwell is now in the same cheater column with me as Belfort, Henderson and the like.

    • Matrix

      totally agree, even though the last minute and a half of that fight was entertaining (in large part to trt)

    • uncle

      Too bad TRT didn’t help Mir

      • Kbroesq

        Yeah, you just totally destroyed my whole argument. I guess my argument only holds water if every person who does TRT wins every fight all the time and never gets knocked out.

        Honestly, uncle, I would be here saying the same thing even if Vera KO’d Rothwell in the third round. Clearly, the TRT drastically improved his cardio and ability to take punishment, and for a guy who is a young as him, I think it’s just plain cheating. Here’s the bottom line with me on this fight: I truly believe this is an example of a fight Rothwell would lost had he not been on TRT…that sucks.

        • Anon D

          Is your butt sore that your boyfriend Vera lost? Vera doesn’t belong in UFC.

          • Kbroesq

            Yes, bring out the gay jokes. A tool of the completely weak-minded loser who can’t put a coherent argument together.

            Get an education, and maybe you can talk with the adults.

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      I had no idea that Rothwell was on TRT, especially at age 31. Can you please post a link to where you seen this? That was a really good fight to, Vera looked sharp and very healthy at this weight.

      • TheCerealKiller
        • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

          Thanks buddy.

      • Kbroesq

        You should try listening to the Beatdown Podcast on Sherdog. They really talk about this stuff all the time and give great analysis.

        I thought Vera looked pretty sharp too. Wouldn’t think so by the people here commenting that he ‘ran away.’ Not sure what fight they were watching. Rothwell was the aggressor and Vera was moving backwards to land shots. That’s just his style.

        • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

          I’ve heard to many bad things about Sherdog from fighters and Dana White but thank you. And I agree with you, what was Vera supposed to do stand in front of a huge beast like Ben Rothwell? Vera looked healthy at this weight and sharp. He came up short. The guy’s not trash, he’s a talented wrestler, thai boxer and on the ground he’s fighting the top guys in the world though.

    • lowlb

      I didn’t know Rothwell was on trt. He was fighting pretty mellow. Vera was backing up the whole fight but it did seem that Rothwell could push a bit harder and beat Vera. …and that’s what happened. But I’m with you TRT is cheating. Rothwell vs Barnet. TRT vs Roids.

    • Darin

      Was it Ben’s TRT that caused Vera to run away the whole fight. It’s no wonder Rothwell didn’t gas, all he did was pivot in a circle while Vera ran laps.
      And, why is it that when Vera fights he looks like a scared kid that doesn’t want to be in there?

      • Kbroesq

        This is also for the comment below. I’m quite surprised two separate people thought Vera was running away. He landed quite a few really good shots and some really crazy kicks. Vera isn’t known for his heart, and maybe he shouldn’t be fighting anymore, but what does that have to do with anything?

        I’m talking about a guy who is freaking 31 and is on TRT and that clearly improved his performance; my comment has NOTHING to do with Vera, and there are like three people saying how much they hate Vera. I’ve seen Rothwell in less intense fights where he’s breathing heavy by the second round. In this fight, he’s cardio actually got better in the third!

        You give a pass to a guy for cheating because he’s fighting a guy you don’t like? That’s just dumb.

    • Mcgiggity

      If every guy that does not have a trt exemption is going to run away for three rounds from the guy who has the exemption, then I’m going to root for the guy who came to fight even if he is chemically enhanced.

      I’m all for fair fights ala trt guy vs trt guy and non trt exemption guy vs non trt exemption guy, but the bottom line is if I’m paying to watch this sport as entertainment I don’t want to watch Brandon Vera back peddling the whole time.

      If Vera came to fight instead of run I’d be singing a different tune win or lose. But that was not a good performance on his part, and rothwell saved that fight from being unwatchable at the end of the third. He deserves that much credit (and so does trt if that floats your boat).

      • uncle

        I was wondering why the hell was Vera
        was on this card in the first place, he
        should not be fighting anymore, he is a
        bum in my book.. I wish Rothwell could
        of topped it off by breaking his nose
        again.. So Ben gets a pass from me, I
        don’t care if he was on meth..Vera is trash

      • Kbroesq

        Look, you clearly just like Rothwell and hate Vera, and you’re letting that cloud your judgment. Hell, you pretty much admit to that. I shouldn’t have said anything positive about Vera because that set people off more than my comment about TRT use, which is really the important part. I don’t think Vera is UFC worthy either, but it bothers me to see him lose a fight that I think he would have won if Rothwell was tired in the third round like he usually is.

        Rothwell is a very nice, mid-western, down to Earth guy, but him being on TRT is just BS, and the fact that he’s a ‘nice guy’ shouldn’t matter.

  • drkdisciple

    Beating Vera proves nothing..he should have been fired a long time ago,

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      What would a long time ago be? He’s never lost two fights in a row, not even in his whole career. He’s 3-3. I really thought after the Hunt fight though that he would be given his papers. He’s lost every big fight he’s had so far though. He’s really just big and durable.

      • drkdisciple

        Perhaps I was not clear. I said that rothwell beat a man (vera) that should been fired years ago. Browne deserves to fight someone like Barnett after beating Reem.

        • BobLemons

          Of course Browne deserves a higher ranked guy, that’s why Rothwell is trying to muster some fan support to make it happen. Rankings aside, you gotta think Rothwell vs Browne will be a great fight for the fans.

        • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

          I understand now and yes Browne should get a big fight next, Rothwell does nothing for him. If Travis can win two more fights he has to be in talks for a title shot.

  • diazfan209

    I really need to learn my UFC facts… I totally thought that TRT was a completely banned substance, but these guys can actually request to be exempt and go ahead & use a performance enhancing drug with no consequences at all…. that makes absolutely no sense to me.

    • BobLemons

      TRT isn’t a substance it’s a process. Testosterone Replacement Therapy. Testosterone isn’t banned for obvious reasons, but there are legal limits which no man should naturally exceed. Fighters with TRT exemptions still have to test within the same “natural” limits.

      I think the whole TRT things is kind of moot to me. There are common misunderstandings, for example – PEDs don’t so much make you a raging beast on fight night as they allow you to train like a beast in the gym before cycling off in time for fight night. And I’d bet a staggering amount of UFC guys use something forbidden between fights.

      TRT allow dudes with low testosterone to compete in the same range as normals guys, although the leading reason for low testosterone seems to be past steroid abuse. It’s controversial for sure, and it should be, but I still feel the TRT dudes get it worse than they deserve.

      • Baller31

        The first intelligent comment on trt that I’ve seen. TRT is not steroids, it’s hormone replacement therapy, and if kept within natural limits does not give an unfair advantage

        • El Gvapo

          Then why do it? Fight with the gifts that god gave you. If you’ve destroyed those gifts through cheating in the past? Unlucky, step aside and let an honest, fair fighter have his crack at the big time.

          • Kbroesq

            Seriously. I wish everyone thought like this, but we have to let everyone compete now, regardless of ability or discipline.

        • Kbroesq

          Yeah, the problem is not that simple. You can say that guys are just using it because they have low testosterone, but I’ve actually studied this issue a lot and the guys who engage in TRT are maxing out their testosterone to the legal limit. I’ve said this before.

          Most commissions allow athletes to have a 6:1 testosterone ratio to the common male. Meaning they allow athletes to have as much as 6 times as much as the common man. So, someone who isn’t on TRT may have say 3 times as much and cannot get an exemption. Then, someone like Rothwell may say that his levels are low and he gets an exemption. What do you think he does? He maxes it up to 6 times that of a normal man, and there you have it. Perfectly “legal” and now he’s above most men who compete.

  • Mcgiggity

    Brown vs rothwell or Browne vs JDS. Lets see it Dana!