UFC today announced that No.5 heavyweight contender Ben Rothwell will take on No.6 heavyweight Junior dos Santos in the main event for the organisation’s debut event in Croatia on Sunday, April 10 at Arena Zagreb.
Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROTHWELL vs. DOS SANTOS will go on general sale on Friday, February 12 at 10:00 a.m. CET.
Rothwell (36-9; fighting out of Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA) is jumping straight back into the Octagon following not only an impressive win against MMA legend Josh Barnett at UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: JOHNSON vs. BADER, but a win via submission against a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, awarding Rothwell the fight of the night bonus. With all four of his last victories ending in spectacular fashion, Rothwell is repeatedly showing the world why 2016 is his year to make a run at the heavyweight title.
Former UFC heavyweight champion dos Santos (17-4; fighting out of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) will be looking to solidify himself back into title contention following a loss against Alistair Overeem at the end of last year. The Brazilian has notable wins over some of the biggest names in MMA including current heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, Croatian legend Mirko Cro Cop and, more recently, title contender Stipe Miocic.
This heavyweight battle will have both contenders looking to put on the performance of a lifetime to prove why they deserve to be the next in line for a title shot.
UFC FIGHT NIGHT: ROTHWELL vs. DOS SANTOS will be dominated by the heavy hitters as the best of the division descend on Zagreb, with notable debuts from former M1 champion Marcin Tybura and Serbian Bojan Mihajlovic who will take on French newcomer Francis Ngannou.
Current bouts include:
· Ben Rothwell vs. Junior dos Santos
· Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ruslan Magomedov
· Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
· Marcin Tybura vs. Timothy Johnson
· Jan Blochowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac
· Bartosz Fabinski vs. Nicolas Dalby
· Damir Hadzovic vs. Mairbek Taisumov
· Bojan Velickovic vs. Alessio Di ChiricoCheck out our latest podcast episode featuring a conversation with Cortney Casey.