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Ben Rothwell vs. Josh Barnett booked for UFC on FOX 18, Superpowers of 'Super' Sage Northcutt

Nidhi Sharma
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Modified 26 Nov 2015, 19:11 IST
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on FOX 18 is gearing up to put on one heck of a show. This  hullabaloo scheduled for January 30, 2016 at Newark, New Jersey has just added a brawl into its heavyweight division in Ben Rothwell vs. Josh Barnett.

Joining the exciting fight card, this match-up is more or less a Clash of the Titans. Both ‘Big’ Ben Rothwell and Josh ‘The Warmaster’ Barnett are the among the world’s top-ranked heavyweight fighters who are set to face off inside the Prudential Center.

Rothwell (35-9) has been on a good track with his time at UFC so far. Coming off of three consecutive wins defeating Mitrione, Brandon Vera and Alistair Overeem, Rothwell will be aiming for the fourth one. Initially ‘Big’ Ben was scheduled to go for the 265-pound title fight against Stipe Miocic, following his first-round submission of Matt Mitrione in June.

However, Miocic was forced to withdraw from his Ben Rothwell fight scheduled for UFC Fight Night 76, in Dublin, Ireland due to injuries. Where on one hand a anticipated bout was taken away from “Big” Ben, he got another interesting match up in its place

'The Warmaster' Josh Barnett (34-7) is no less of a great contender either. The former UFC Heavyweight Champion has been credited with being among the best heavyweights for over a decade now.

This is just another chance for him to make a big statement after a lengthy absence. His last fight was a five round decision win in September against Roy Nelson in Japan. That fight was following his 2013 technical knockout loss to Travis Browne. 

This is just another chance for the big boys to shine in the spotlight. Speaking of the big boys trading blows, UFC on FOX 18 already has light-heavyweight  Anthony Johnson against fellow 205-pound title hopeful Ryan Bader as its headliner event.

-‘Super’ Sage Northcutt is actually "Super". As far as gym moments go of various MMA fighters, including impressive Jon Jones pumps, the 19-year old Northcutt seems to be able to pull off even more astounding moves.

If he can put up the same show inside the cage, the future of the lightweight division looks bright. 

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Published 26 Nov 2015, 18:54 IST
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