Just a few weeks ago, it was reported that Ben Rothwell had been released from the UFC roster.
As a heavyweight under the UFC banner, Rothwell finished with a record of 9-8. Over the 12 years with the promotion, he has collected notable wins over the likes of Alistair Overeem, Matt Mitrione, Josh Barnett, and Ovince St. Preux.
As an extremely experienced finisher, he has gone 39-14-0 as a professional with 35 finishes.
Now, it seems that the 40-year-old has decided to step away from the game of mixed martial arts and transition into the world of bare-knuckle fighting.
On today’s episode of Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, Rothwell spoke with Helwani telling him that “once I got released, they were able to go around and we basically got offers from pretty much everybody.”
“Then there was one offer that stood out from everybody and that was the one that said, alright these guys are excited about me, and I’m equally excited to be with them.”
Rothwell continues, “BKFC came with the best offer. Made me very excited, I believe that it’s the place for me because I was doing BKFC long before MMA.”
Rothwell goes on to tell Helwani that he has officially signed a three-fight deal with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship.
Welcome to BKFC Ben Rothwell!
— Bare Knuckle FC (@bareknucklefc) April 25, 2022
Though a date, location, or opponent have yet to be announced, we can expect to see Rothwell’s BKFC debut sometime in the summer.
Watch the full interview below:
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As a recent graduate from Lewis-Clark State College with a B.S. in History, Bjorn first fell in love with mixed martial arts when he watched UFC 196. As a contributor for MyMMANews, Bjorn matches his love for MMA, history, and writing.