UFC FN 86: Ben Rothwell Outlines Why He’s “Very Confident”, Not Arrogant
By FCF Staff
Ben Rothwell has claimed that no one can stop him from taking the UFC’s heavyweight title, but the veteran fighter maintains his prediction is about confidence, rather than arrogance.
Rothwell is scheduled to fight former champ Junior dos Santos this Sunday at UFC Fight Night 86 in Zagreb, Croatia. The bout comes as Rothwell has won four straight, and after he’s recorded highlight reel submission wins over Josh Barnett and Matt Mitrione.
Recently the heavy handed fighter spoke with UFC.com, and Rothwell had this to say:
“I’m more excited than I’ve ever been in my entire life,” he said. “But there’s an important message too. Arrogance is the belief that you are better than other people. I despise that thought; I despise people that act that way. But confidence is the belief that no one is better than you. I am very confident. At no time do I ever believe I’m better than someone. There’s an Army vet that trains at my gym that I think is ten times the man I am because he’s missing a hand and part of his leg from a landmine. There’s an older man in a wheelchair who is ten times the man I’ll ever be because of what he’s done for this country and the things he’s given back to this place. So I have some very strong motivators around me, and they teach me the difference between arrogance and confidence, and I have to make sure I give that message out the right way. This sport saved my life and I owe it my life, and that statement is everything when it comes to why I’m doing what I’m doing. I owe this sport what I have, so I have to do something, and I have to show the world how great this sport really is.”
Dos Santos, meanwhile, is looking to get back on track after he was stopped by Alistair Overeem in December.
Sunday’s card will be hosted by the Zagreb Arena.