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UFC Vegas 42: Holloway vs. Rodriguez is a great card including Cynthia Calvillo vs. Andrea Lee, Felicia Spencer vs. Leah Letson, and of course the main event, Max Holloway vs. Yair Rodriguez. Read below for my UFC Prediction for Ben Rothwell vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima. 

Ben Rothwell vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

UFC Heavyweight bout

Saturday, November 13, 2021 – 10:00 PM EDT at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas

Ben Rothwell

Ben Rothwell is an American mixed martial artist currently competing in the UFC heavyweight division with a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 

His professional career began in 2001 under the Freestyle Combat Challenge against Robert Schinkey and won via TKO in the first round. From 2001 to 2006, Rothwell fought under various promotions including Dangerzone, M-1 Globals, and King of the Cage. 

In 2006, Rothwell then went on to compete in the International Fight League. He made his debut against Krzysztof Soszynski and defeated him via TKO in the first round. After a year within the promotion, Rothwell then made his Affliction debut against Andrei Arlovski but lost via KO in the third round. In 2009, Big Ben made his UFC debut against Cain Velasquez and lost via TKO in the second round. 

Of all his professional accomplishments, Ben Rothwell has achieved: United States MMA Heavyweight Championship, UFC Knockout of the Night (one time), and UFC Performance of the Night (two times)

Marcos Rogerio de Lima

Marcos Rogerio de Lima is a Brazilian mixed martial artist currently fighting in the UFC Heavyweight division with a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 

De Lima’s professional career began in 2009 under the Renegade Fight Championship. His debut was against Amauri Gumz and he won via TKO in the first round. His first professional loss was in 2011 in his Strikeforce debut against Mike Kyle; he won via unanimous decision. In 2014, de Lima then made his UFC debut against Richardon Moreira and won via KO in the first round. 

Prediction

The current UFC odds for this matchup at your Top Sportsbooks are: Ben Rothwell -150 and Marcos Rogerio de Lima +124 at Heritage.

Ben Rothwell is coming off of a submission win against Chris Barnett from back in May this year. He is agile for a heavyweight and can bring a fight to the ground with ease. Usually, when he fights an opponent who is faster and more agile, he will use his weight to clinch up and apply pressure on his opponent against the cage. 

On the other hand, we have de Lima who is coming off of a unanimous decision win against Maurice Green. De Lima is a quick, powerful striker with bombs in his hands while also being very accurate, however, his fight IQ is often questionable. 

Taking from what I mentioned earlier, I envision Rothwell using his weight to apply pressure on de Lima and wear him down on the ground. De Lima’s last three losses were by submission against OSP, Stefan Struve, and Alexander Romanov. 

De Lima’s path to victory would be standing. If he lets his hands fly and clips Big Ben, he has the potential to finish this fight inside the distance, however, Ben Rothwell is sharper in terms of fight IQ and also is versatile enough to have advantages over de Lima. 

UFC Pick: Ben Rothwell -150 via Heritage (Visit our Heritage Review)

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