Ben Rothwell (pictured) is quickly becoming a major threat in the UFC heavyweight division. If you don’t think so, just watch what he did to Josh Barnett on Saturday at UFC on FOX 18.
After a back-and-forth first round, Rothwell turned up the heat in the second stanza. Barnett was working hard for a single-leg takedown, but carelessly left his neck out dangling for the taking. Rothwell gladly grabbed hold and didn’t let go until the referee pulled him off.
Perhaps Barnett underestimated Rothwell’s guillotine choke, his strength or both, but he paid dearly for the mistake.
The official stoppage came at 3:48 in the middle period.
UFC on FOX 18 took place inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
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