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Adam Martinez is the will oversee this heavyweight fight.
Round 1: Hunt gets off first with a left hook and then toros Rothwell when he shoots in for the takedown. Hunt lands another nice left hook. Rothwell starting to use his jab. Hunt working the outside of the cage. Rothwell clips him with a shot and then takes him down against the fence, immediately taking mount. Hunt escapes quickly but still has his back to the fence. Hunt gets to his feet though, showing nice technique. Rothwell tries again and Hunt stuffs him easily. Rothwell shoots again, Hunt misses an uppercut on the way in, but keeps Rothwell off of him. Hunt lands a nice hard right hand. He then lands a nice elbow and reverses Rothwell when he tries for a takedown, ending up on top. Rothwell gets to his feet and eventually gets Hunt down against the cage, landing some big elbows and bleeding on Hunt.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Rothwell
Round 2: That was a close first round. They touch gloves and get set for the second round, Hunt taking some deep breaths from his mouth. Hunt stuffs a takedown easily and misses on a hard right uppercut counter. Hunt slams Rothwell’s leg with a kick. Another leg kick lands for Hunt. Rothwell lands two nice shots and presses forward, letting Hunt clip him from inside the phone booth. Hunt defends the takedown and then puts Rothwell on the mat against the fence. He starts in with some ground and pound, but Rothwell stalls him by trying to set up an armbar. Hunt lands some thudding elbows from the top position and is consistently peppering Rothwell with punches and elbows. Hunt takes side control after backing out of guard, he puts a knee on the belly and lands some hard shots. Rothwell scoots away but Hunt stays on him and takes mount again. As the round closes, Hunt tries for the armbar. Rotwell survives until the bell, both men are exhausted.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-8 for Hunt
Round 3: Hunt looks to be the fresher of the two men here and he starts in with hard punches early. Hunt stuffs a takedown and then makes him pay with hard punches. Rothwell can barely stand and Hunt takes him down. Hunt is resting and Martinez stands them up. Rothwell is staggering forward after Hunt. He misses on several takedown attempts before Hunt holds him down against the fence. Rothwell gets up and Hunt cracks him with a thunderous right hand. Rothwell is so exhausted; it’s a wonder Hunt has finished this yet. He takes Rothwell down for some reason and starts to pound on him from side control. Martinez stands them up, pissing off Joe Rogan. Hunt lands some nice punches that clearly hurt Rothwell, but Hunt can’t finish. He goes for the takedown and is stuffed, with Rothwell taking mount at the bell.
FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Hunt
Mark Hunt defeated Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-27)