Ben Rothwell signs a contract with Bare Knuckle FC (BKFC) after his departure from the UFC back in March after 17 fights under the banner dating back to October 2009.
After one month he finds himself a new home under the BKFC banner. The heavyweight veteran announced the deal on Monday’s episode of “The MMA Hour” at the 1:14 mark. Ben discusses his departure from the UFC and what’s next for the UFC Vet.
Before his departure from the UFC, Rothwell was scheduled to fight on May 21 against former UFC light heavyweight title challenger Alexander Gustafsson and this was his final fight on his contract. Rothwell did say during the interview that he “basically got offers from pretty much everybody” in the combat sports world and he decided to sign with BKFC.
“BKFC came with the best offer, made me very excited,” Rothwell said. “I believe that it’s the place for me because I was doing BKFC (unofficially) long before MMA. It’s something that’s part of my life, something my great grandfather was doing, probably not legally, but had a history of it. It’s something that’s in my blood.”
Rothwell doesn’t have a debut scheduled at this time but said he expects a deal could be finalized in the coming days. He did claim he’s now a “six-figure fighter” and could find himself in the seven figures if he’s successful in his first three bouts with BKFC.
Stay tuned to FightBook MMA as we will have more information on who he will be fighting under the BKFC banner.
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