UFC On FX: Gabriel Gonzaga vs Ben Rothwell Fight Analysis

UFC On FX: Gabriel Gonzaga vs Ben Rothwell Fight Analysis


Tonight a really good Heavyweight match-up and the only one on the UFC on FX card when Gabriel Gonzaga takes on Ben Rothwell. Always great anticipation when two skilled heavyweights get into the cage, and this one should be a good fight. They are both equal skilled having BetDSI Sportsbook listing the fight as close to a pick em as you will find.

Gabriel Gonzaga took some time away from the sport to stick to submission contests after begin dismissed by the UFC. He came back at a lesser known promotion to beat Parker Porter by submission via an arm triangle choke and in doing so got back into the UFC signing a four fight contract.

Upon his return to UFC 142 Gonzaga put his grappling and submission skills on display with a first round submission victory over Ednaldo Oliveira via rear naked choke. In the past Gonzaga made quick work of lesser opponents starting out 8-1 with his only loss a TKO to Fabricio Werdum. Since then every top notch opponent he fought turned him into a one man highlight reel by lighting him up with Werdum getting a second TKO, Randy Couture winning via TKO, Shane Carwin by TKO, Junior Dos Santos by TKO, and Brendan Schaub by decision.

Ben Rothwell is a scrappy heavyweight with good striking but much like Gonzaga gets made quick work of by really good fighters. His most notable wins are against Roy Nelson, Ricco Rodriguez, Gilbert Yvel, and Brandon Schaub.

Fighters that have made quick work Rothwell include the likes of Andrei Arlovski, Cain Velasquez, and Mark Hunt just to name a few. Rothwell however has alternated between wins and losses in his four matches in the UFC going 2-2 and managing to stay in the promotion to fight under the banner another day. His future in the organization could very well rest in this match against Gabriel Gonzaga.

If Ben Rothwell is to have a chance in defeating Gabriel Gonzaga he is going to have to keep this fight on the feet and press the action in the striking game. Should Gonzaga not want to end up on another highlight reel, he will have to use his grabbling and submission skills to win him this fight. I am taking Gonzaga by decision or submission in what should be a good match-up.

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