Friday, January 28, 2022

Ben Rothwell Admits Taking Junior Dos Santos Fight Was “Strategically Stupid”

Following his most recent loss to former UFC Heavyweight Champion Junior Dos Santos at UFC Fight Night 86 last month, UFC Heavyweight contender Ben Rothwell is questioning his decision to accept such a dangerous fight.

As Rothwell explained to Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour” at MMAFighting.com, he’s upset that he wasn’t able to back up everything he had said while preparing for the Dos Santos fight.

“I didn’t fulfill everything that I said I was going to do,” a disappointed Rothwell said on Monday. “I didn’t back-up everything that I said. I said I’m a man of my word and I didn’t follow through with it, so that hurts me more than anything.”

Rothwell continued, “I was on a four-fight win streak and I took on a guy off a loss. It was a stupid fight for me, strategically. There some regret and there’s not. I think more, not regret, but a learning lesson. I think right after the fights, I need to be locked up and somebody else needs to take my phone and take my wallet, because I get crazy after a fight. It’s when I do crazy interviews, it’s when I’m off the wall, and I think I get high off the wins. I don’t know what it is, but it’s obvious I’m not thinking rationally at the time. It was good for the UFC because they got to fill a main event. It was just a strategically stupid fight.”

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