UFC Jacksonville: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Ben Rothwell Play-by-Play

In the co-main event of the show on Wednesday, Ovince Saint Preux made the move up to heavyweight to face Ben Rothwell. Here’s how the competition went.

Live coverage of the entire card can be seen here.

Bout 9: Ovince Saint Preux (24-13) vs. Ben Rothwell (37-12) (Heavyweight)

With two minutes to go, Rothwell caught a head kick and tried for a choke. Saint Preux dropped to his knees while Rothwell tried. While he escaped the choke quickly on the ground, Saint Preux got back up with 30 seconds left.

Rothwell connected with a solid punch a minute into the round. He had Saint Preux backing up against the cage. With 30 seconds to go in the round, Saint Preux landed a left hook which dropped Rothwell. Rothwell was able to recover and endure the round.

Rothwell failed to get Saint Preux down after having him against the cage for a while. When separating, Saint Preux connected with numerous punches. While Rothwell was getting hit, he continued to come forward. The striking reached a fever high at the end of the round, where Rothwell was knocked down just after the horn. Needing scorecards to find a winner, Ben Rothwell got a split decision win (29-28 Saint Preux, 29-28 Rothwell & 29-28 Rothwell).

RESULT: Ben Rothwell def. Ovince Saint Preux via Decision, Split

My Scorecard:

Fighter Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Total
Saint Preux 9 10 10 29
Rothwell 10 9 9 28

 

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