Rothwell Set to Teach Yvel Some Respect at UFC 115
When Ben Rothwell meets Gilbert Yvel next Saturday at UFC 115, there will be more on the line than just a win or loss. For the Kenosha native, the upcoming bout allows him the chance to give the sport’s dirtiest fighter a much deserved beating.
Since 2004, the Netherlands born Yvel has been without major incident during any of his fights. But with an in-ring reputation that would make Mike Tyson blush, “Big Ben” Rothwell is ready to enact revenge for all of Yvel’s past misdoings.
“He has a history of being the dirtiest fighter in our sport,” Rothwell told US Combat Sports. “What a title to carry. I’ve seen him be a little more honorable against Barnett and Dos Santos. I see a guy that wants to come out and have an honorable fight, but people still say watch him.”
For Rothwell, who now trains out of Gracie Barra Kenosha, the upcoming fight in Vancouver will allow him to represent the three things that are so important to him – his family, his hometown, and his fans.
“I try to come out and be as exciting as I possibly can, because that’s what the fans pay to see,” Rothwell said. “And they [fans] mean more to me than any belt.”
After discussing the dejection and helplessness that he felt amidst his pulling out of his fight with Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 110, Rothwell explained his thoughts on how Yvel and Cro Cop differ.
“Standup wise, Yvel doesn’t have the credentials of Cro Cop. But in the MMA world, he has had a lot of MMA fights and has shown to be very explosive and dangerous at all times.”
Check out the video below to listen to the entire interview from Rothwell, in which he further discusses his fight with Yvel, getting his UFC jitters out of the way, and where he sees himself within the heavyweight division.