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Round 1: Rothwell comes out right away and lands a solid combo against Yvel, the Dutchman looks briefly overwhelmed. Rothwell drops for a takedown and Yvel goes for a guillotine. Rothwell gets out and lands in side control. Rothwell gets the mount and Yvel reverses it. Rothwell drives for a takedown and gets it, has Yvel against the cage in side control. They scramble for some time against the cage and Rothwell gets reversed as he goes for the crucifix. He quickly regains full mount with Yvel’s back against the cage. Yvel rolls for a leg lock but cannot finish it. Rothwell gets the mounted crucifix; Yvel rolls him over and takes Rothwell’s back. They are back to their feet and Yvel is teeing off. They are resting against the cage now. Yvel goes for a high kick. Fightline.com scores the round 10-10.
Close round, could’ve gone either way.
Round 2: Rothwell gets a takedown early and has Yvel against the cage. He moves into side mount. Now full mount. Rothwell is trying to pound away with ground strikes but Yvel somehow gets back to his feet. They both seem very tired. After a brief moment of clenching against the cage Rothwell gets a takedown. Yvel goes for an Americana and uses it to sweep for a takedown. Yvel is landing some serious ground and pound now. Rothwell gets a takedown as Yvel slows down and is landing some weak punches against the cage. Rothwell gets full mount as the clock winds down. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Yvel
Another very close round that likely could have gone either way.
Round 3: Yvel shoots right away but Rothwell shrugs it off and lands on top. Yvel throws his legs up but can’t put anything together, Rothwell moves into side control. The pace continues to slow considerably. Rothwell gets the mount. Rothwell looking for a submission from side control now. Yvel is floundering. Rothwell gets the mounted crucifix again but can’t do much to capitalize. Rothwell transitioning from side control to crucifix and, while not inflicting much damage, is easily taking the round. Rothwell is probably on his way to a decision win. Fightline.com scores the round 10-9 for Rothwell
Ben Rothwell defeated Gilbert Yvel via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)