Junior Dos Santos holds off Rothwell

Junior Dos Santos holds off Rothwell

By Edward Carbajal

  Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com

Photo: Jeff Sherwood/Sherdog.com

Junior Dos Santos managed to hold off Ben Rothwell’s ascent up the heavyweight ladder in the UFC. The main event of UFC Fight Night 86 showed Dos Santos was able to fight a smart fight against the seemingly unstoppable Rothwell and keep himself in the top five amongst the UFC’s heavyweights. Rothwell showed his durability but his reach and youth weren’t enough to get through the former champion.

Rothwell gained a lot of attention in his recent wins over Josh Barnett, Alistair Overeem, and Matt Mitrione. Anyone who engaged with him in the feet was knocked out; anyone trying to grapple with him would get submitted. So what did Dos Santos do differently? Stick and move with some old fashioned boxing.

Forget wrestling and jiu-jitsu, I’m a boxing guy.
— Junior Dos Santos


Although it was a slow start, even when Dos Santos picked up the pace he never put himself in danger. A lot of solid shots landed on Rothwell and at times it seemed Rothwell would counter successfully but Dos Santos was never in one place long enough to get hit too hard. Body shots and a few front kicks would have Dos Santos win by decision.

See the full event results below:

Junior Dos Santos def. Ben Rothwell via UD (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) - Round 5, 5:00

Derrick Lewis def. Gabriel Gonzaga via KO (punches) - Round 1, 4:48

Francis Ngannou def. Curtis Blaydes via TKO (doctor's stoppage) - Round 2, 5:00

Timothy Johnson def. Marcin Tybura via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) - Round 3, 5:00

Jan Blachowicz def. Igor Pokrajac via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) - Round 3, 5:00

Maryna Moroz def. Cristina Stanciu via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) - Round 3, 5:00

Zak Cummings def. Nicolas Dalby via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) - Round 3, 5:00

Alejandro Perez def. Ian Entwistle via verbal submission (punches) - Round 1, 4:04

Mairbek Taisumov def. Damir Hadzovic via TKO (punch) - Round 1, 3:44

Damian Stasiak def. Filip Pejic via RNC - Round 1, 2:16

Lucas Martins def. Robert Whiteford via SD (29-28, 28-29, 30-27) - Round 3, 5:00

Jared Cannonier def. Cyril Asker via KO (punch, elbows) - Round 1, 2:40

Bojan Velickovic def. Alessio Di Chirico via UD (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) - Round 3, 5:00

Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.

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