Former UFC heavyweight contender Ben Rothwell is transitioning to bare-knuckle boxing aft agreeing to a woody with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC).
Rothwell was released from the UFC conscionable weeks agone aft a agelong tenure with the promotion. He was scheduled to look Alexander Gustafsson connected May 21 earlier parting ways with the UFC.
A escaped cause for the archetypal clip successful a while, Rothwell agreed to a woody with BKFC arsenic helium announced during a caller quality on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.
“BKFC came with the champion offer, made maine precise excited,” Rothwell said. “I judge that it’s the spot for maine due to the fact that I was doing BKFC agelong earlier MMA. It’s thing that’s portion of my life, thing my large gramps was doing; astir apt not legally, but had a past of it. It’s thing that’s successful my blood.”
Rothwell’s past UFC combat came against Marcos Rogerio de Lima past November, losing via first-round knockout conscionable seconds into the fight. Before that, helium earned a second-round submission of Chris Barnett past May.
During his clip successful the UFC, Rothwell was a mainstay successful the UFC heavyweight rubric picture. He earned wins implicit the likes of Josh Barnett, Alistair Overeem, and Stefan Struve successful the Octagon.
Rothwell made his UFC debut against Cain Velasquez astatine UFC 104. He’s looking to go the latest erstwhile UFC combatant to find occurrence successful BKFC, joining the likes of Mike Perry and Chad Mendes.
A day and hostile for Rothwell’s BKFC debut are expected to beryllium announced wrong the coming weeks.
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