Ben Rothwell says UFC Heavyweight Title secondary: “My No. 1 priority is laying waste to this entire division”

By Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief

“The bottom line is I think the belt is secondary, because my No. 1 priority is laying waste to this entire division. Tonight, it wasn’t about dancing or laughing. It was about making a statement, and I made it tonight… They don’t make decisions tonight. I’ll look at what the situation is. If they want to move things around and they’re ready put me in, I’ll crush [Fabricio] Werdum and take his belt.”

-Ben Rothwell talks about his goals in the UFC’s heavyweight division after UFC on Fox 18, and why he’s ready to step in to fight champ Fabricio Werdum at any time (via

Penick’s Analysis: Rothwell submitting Josh Barnett is craziness. That finish Saturday night is one of the most unexpected ways for that fight to have ended, and Rothwell made as strong a case for a title fight as any other fighter has to date. He’s not necessarily going to get it, but submitting Josh Barnett is huge for him, and at worst he should be a No. 1 contender fight away from that opportunity.

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