UFC Fight Night: Rothwell KOs Overeem, Souza Submits Mousasi

Ben Rothwell KOs Alistair OvereemMASHANTUCKET, Conn. – Heavyweight Ben Rothwell knocked out Alistair Overeem while Ronaldo Souza submitted Gegard Mousasi in big wins at UFC Fight Night Foxwoods from Mashantucket, Connecticut. Matt Mitrione and Joe Lauzon also got wins on the UFC Main Card Friday night.

No. 4 middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (21-3, 1 NC) dominated all three rounds of his bout against No. 7 contender Gegard “The Dreamcatcher” Mousasi (35-5-2) as he was able to impose his offensive will on the match and avenge a 2008 loss to Mousasi. Souza managed to keep control of Mousasi, and the fight, always working to his strengths until he was finally able to take the fight in the third round. “Jacare” pulled a guillotine coming out of the butterfly guard of Mousasi to force the tap and earn the submission victory.

The two heavyweights engaged in a strike-fest, landing 42 strikes in half a round as “Big” Ben Rothwell (34-9) gets the first round knockout of No. 7 contender Alistair “The Reem” Overeem (37-13, 1 NC). Both big boys exchanged heavy blows with fists, knees and elbows flying throughout the first couple of minutes of the fight. In the final exchange between the two, Rothwell catches Overeem with a right hook to the side of his head that rocks him to stooping onto the mat. Rothwell capitalizes and clubs his opponent until referee Keith Peterson stops the bout, earning his first two-fight winning streak since joining the UFC.

The other heavyweight bout on the Main Card was a short affair as well as Matt Mitrione (7-3) knocks out Derrick Lewis (11-3, 1 NC) only 41 seconds into the first round. As the fighters reached one another in the octagon, Mitrione lands a short right hook that sends Lewis to his knees at the base of the fence as he tried to right himself. However, Mitrione came with a barrage of shots until referee Mario Yamasaki stopped the fight.

The first fight on the Main Card was a lightweight bout in which Joe Lauzon (24-10) defeated “Maverick” Michael Chiesa (11-1) by a stoppage due to a gaping cut in the second round. Lauzon caught Chiesa with a knee as he was hunched over and opened the cut on Chiesa’s right eyebrow that was severe enough to prompt referee Herb Dean to stop the fight to Chiesa’s disapproving dismay.