Heavyweights: Andrei Arlovski (13-5) def. Ben Rothwell (29-6)
How: Knockout at 1:13 of the third round
Key moments: The Andrei Arlovski that disappeared in a 2006 loss to Tim Sylvia returned with one of the most exciting heavyweight bouts in recent memory, as he knocked off the one-time IFL top heavyweight. The second round was one of the most thrilling of the year. Arlovski had Rothwell in trouble, but then, after escaping a heel hook, Rothwell was on top and did damage for much of the round, but Arlovski finished strong after a controversial stand-up. In round three, Arlovski took over, unloading with more than a dozen punches and two hard knees before finishing the 6-foot-5, 264-pounder.
Analysis: Arlovski, who has been training boxing with Freddie Roach, showed the aggression and sharpness that made him the former UFC heavyweight champion a star in 2005-06. Rothwell showed tremendous toughness in withstanding several barrages but simply couldnít match the smaller manís speed and punching accuracy, as well as his strong lower body attack.
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