Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ben Rothwell
Our first, and only, heavyweight contest on the card is up next, as former UFC contender Gabriel Gonzaga (13-6) meets Ben Rothwell (32-8). Marc Goddard will be the referee.
Round 1: Rothwell hesitated to touch gloves to start, maybe looking for Gonzaga to try something. Straight left connects from Rothwell, and Gonzaga goes for a takedown, working a single-leg. Rothwell balancing on one leg, avoids the takedown and Gonzaga has a body lock against the fence. Gonzaga gets the takedown, but Rothwell quickly stands back up – with an assist from the fence. Single-leg takedown by Gonzaga brings Rothwell to his back, and Gonzaga looks to take the back but is unable to. Pair of straight rights land to the unguarded face of Rothwell. Back to the feet and Gonzaga with a nice knee to the body. Another knee to the thigh, and one more to the body. Rothwell fighting to avoid the clinch game, eats a right from Gonzaga. Strong kick to the leg by Gonzaga, as Rothwell answers with a knee-left-right combination. Rothwell now tying Gonzaga up against the fence, and lands a knee. Gonzaga answers with a knee of his own. Straight jab from Gonzaga lands, as does another, and another, and Rothwell wobbles a bit. Gonzaga shoots, Rothwell defends and fires off a big right hook that fails to land. Straight right from Gonzaga after Rothwell lands a pair.
FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Gonzaga
Round 2: Gonzaga starts the round with a nice right, and counters an approaching Rothwell with another right. Gonzaga lands two more rights and shoots in, going for a guillotine choke in the center of the Octagon. Gonzaga squeezes the grip and Rothwell is forced to tap to the former contender.
Gabriel Gonzaga def. Ben Rothwell via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:01 of Round 2