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UFC 135 Fight Card Breakdown: Ben Rothwell Vs. Mark Hunt

Heavyweights Ben Rothwell and Mark Hunt face off on the main card of the UFC 135 pay-per-view event from Denver, Colorado's Pepsi Center. Rothwell (31-7, 1-1 UFC) a former IFL heavyweight champion has struggled with injuries in his UFC tenure. He's coming off a 15 month layoff from knee surgery to treat a torn ACL.

Hunt (6-7, 1-1 UFC) is a veteran of Pride Fighting Championships and K-1 kickboxing. He owes his current UFC career to an unusually stringent contract he had with Pride when the UFC's parent company bought that organization. Somehow it took three years from the time of the acquisition for Hunt to get his first UFC fight. He looked bad in that one, a loss to Sean McCorkle, but his last outing against Chris Tuchscherer resulted in a dramatic highlight reel KO.

A lot will come down to how well Rothwell has bounced back from knee surgery. Provided Big Ben is more than a shadow of his old self, he should be able to put Hunt on the ground and finish him there. If he can't put Hunt down and keep him down, it will be a bad night for Rothwell.

Aspect Rothwell Points Hunt Advantage
Range Fighting



Boxing Solid 2 Thud Boom Crunch Hunt
Kickboxing Decent K-1 Hunt
Wrestling Good 1 Floundering Rothwell
Clinch Fighting        
Dirty Boxing Nasty 1 Wicked Hunt
Thai Clinch Mean 1 Limited Rothwell
Throws/Trips Good 1 None Rothwell
Ground Fighting



Positional Control Good Not Great 1 Minimal Rothwell
Scrambling Mobile 1 Beached Rothwell
Ground and Pound Powerful 1 Battering Tie
Submissions Formidable 1 Submissions? Rothwell
Intangibles ACL Surgery 1 Last Run for Glory Hunt
Overall Well Rounded 6/5 One Dimensional Rothwell