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Dos Santos handles Rothwell in Croatia

Dos Santos Rothwell

A new star was not born, but an old star regained some of it’s shine as Junior Dos Santos won his first fight in nearly two years, snapping Ben Rothwell’s four-fight win streak with a very one-sided unanimous decision victory.

Dos Santos out-worked Rothwell in Zagreb Croatia at UFC Fight Night 86 to pick up a win he desperately needed to keep in the title picture after being knocked out by Alistair Overeem this last December.

Rothwell had risen to the No. 4 heavyweight ranking with stoppages of Brandon Vera, Overeem, Matt Mitrione and Josh Barnett over the past three years, but was never able to get into the fight against Dos Santos.

Dos Santos stayed on the outside the entire first round but stayed steady throwing jabs and body shots to keep the powerful Rothwell away. Dos Santos was much quicker too, continually getting in and out from Rothwell without sustaining much damage at all.

In the second round the continual abuse of Dos Santos’ jabs opened a up over Rothwell’s right eye. After that Dos Santos pressed forward even harder, seeing that he was in control of the right. The big Brazilian landed a hard right hand and followed with a front kick to send Rothwell to the mat. The horn sounded before Dos Santos could pound on Rothwell, saving the Wisconsin native from a punishing assault that was sure to come.

Dos Santos was settled in after two rounds and in the third he had his way with Rothwell as he was in a groove circling him while jumping in and out while landing precise shots. A hard left hand weakened Rothwell. He got wobbly, but was able to recover and went back toward Dos Santos for a fight. When he tried to get after Dos Santos, the Brazilian used his quickness to get away and stay untouched.

In the final two rounds, Rothwell continued to take well-times and well-placed punches and his face became red and filled with blood after all of the punishment. Dos Santos out-landed Rothwell 157-78 in total strikes through the fight on his way to the one-sided win.

Rothwell’s momentum certain came to a screeching halt with the loss and it makes fighting for the heavyweight title in 2016 pretty much impossible, but a loss to one of the best in the division won’t completely take him out of it. And that is true especially considering Dos Santos was coming off one of the worst losses of his career against Overeem but looks like he is back in top contender form again with his dominant victory over Rothwell.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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