UFC Fight Night: Souza, Rothwell, Mitrione And Lauzon Win


UFC Fight Night: Overeem v RothwellMASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Ronaldo Souza (21-3, 1 NC), Ben Rothwell (34-9), Matt Mitrione (8-3) and Joe Lauzon (24-10) pulled of impressive wins at UFC Fight Night Foxwoods on Friday night. Souza won by submission while Rothwell, Mitrione and Lauzon finished with stoppages or knockouts.

No. 4 middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza avenged a loss to Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi (35-5-2) in 2008 with an impressive win in which he controlled the fight and dominated on the mat. The Brazilian was out-struck his opponent 32-26 and had a 4-0 takedown and 7-0 pass advantage in the fight before locking in a guillotine choke from a seated position on the mat to end the fight, earning a performance bonus for the submission victory.

Even a broken arm wasn’t enough to stop Rothwell from picking up the win against No. 7 heavyweight contender Alistair “The Reem” Overeem (37-14, 1 NC) on Friday night. The pair exchanged barrages of shots as the fight went back-and-forth for the first half of the first round. Overeem landed a kick that was absorbed by Rothwell’s arm, breaking the arm, and leaving the fighter from The Netherlands feeling he didn’t need to account for that arm. The Wisconsin native caught Overeem with a right hook to the head that knocked him to his knees where Rothwell pounced and finished the fight earning a performance bonus for the knockout. Some trailing reports state that Rothwell didn’t break his arm but aren’t confirmed.

The other heavyweight bout on the night had an even quicker finish as Mitrione catches “The Black Beast” Derrick Lewis (11-3, 1 NC) with a right hook in the opening seconds of the fight and follows up by pummeling  him with punches until the fight is stopped for the win.

The Fight of the Night bonus goes to the lightweight bout in which Lauzon earned a record 13th performance bonus for his second round stoppage against “Maverick” Michael Chiesa (11-2). As Chiesa was hunched over, still recovering from a hook to the liver, Lauzon caught him with a knee that split a gaping wound above his right eyebrow that forced a stoppage to Chiesa’s dismay.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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