At the top of the heavyweight contender ladder lies a sleeping giant in the form of top 10 heavyweight “Big” Ben Rothwell.
Currently riding a three-fight winning streak, boasting stoppages over Vera, Mitrione, and Overeem, Rothwell is now asking for championship level competition.
“I’m just trying to get myself a fight. I’m making heavy callouts to Andrei Arlovski or Junior dos Santos. I hope I get one of those fights soon,” he told BJPENN.COM’s Layzie The Savage.
“I know their both kind of taking care of their injuries or whatever, but I think Andrei’s going to be ready soon so lets try and make it happen. It’s going to be an exciting fight, a great fight for the fans. Whatever it takes, I’ll talk shit on either of them, I don’t care.”
“I just want to fight, and I want to fight one of them, and I want it to happen before the end of this year.”
When the topic shifted to resorting to trash-talking to get fights, Rothwell drew a comparison on the UFC’s new star Conor McGregor.
“People can say whatever they want about Conor McGregor,” echoed the heavyweight. “But if you went to the [UFC 189] press conference you’ll understand why the press conference would have sucked massive nuts for real if Conor McGregor wasn’t there.”
“Conor McGregor freaks out and makes it interesting and you want to see him fight now. Win or lose you want to see him fight. Thats the name of the game.”
“Interest, we need to build interest, international interest.”
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