This is Sparta!
But it was the Brazilian’s exclamation mark on the second round which caused the biggest stir as the heavyweight delivered a vicious overhand right before sending Rothwell flying across the Octagon with a Spartan style push kick.
Rothwell was saved by the bell and managed to hang tough for 25 minutes on a card which featured four knockouts and two submission finishes.
“It’s always good to go to the body especially when you’re fighting a huge guy like him. Like I was saying, you can’t collide with those guys. I used my footwork and throw some hard jabs and punches. It worked well. Thank God, I won.”