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Heavyweight Mainstay Ben Rothwell Released by UFC

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Heavyweight mainstay Ben Rothwell has been released by the UFC per a report from Damon Martin of MMA Fighting. 

For nearly 13 years, Rothwell has been a regular in the UFC’s most coveted division. Debuting for the promotion in 2009, Rothwell immediately faced some of the promotion’s toughest talents including Cain Velasquez and Mark Hunt

After starting his promotional career at 2-2, Rothwell went on the biggest run of his tenure, rattling off four straight victories between 2013 and 2016, defeating notable talents Brandon Vera, Alistair Overeem, Matt Mitrione and Josh Barnett. His victory over Barnett resulted in the first and, to this date, the only time ‘The Warmaster’ had ever been submitted in mixed martial arts.

Rothwell’s streak would come to an end at the hands of Junior dos Santos in April 2016. Since then, Rothwell alternated wins and losses for the most part. He earned wins over Stefan Struve, Ovince St. Preux and fan favorite Chris Barnett. Those wins were intertwined with losses to Marcin Tybura and most recently, Marcos Rogerio de Lima. 

Rothwell was expected to face former light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson in May. The UFC has not confirmed if Gustafsson will still fight in May with a new opponent. 

Rothwell has not commented on the release and neither party has given any indication as to why the two parted ways. Rothwell finished his UFC career with a record of 9-8.

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