Ben Rothwell is slightly favored against Philipe Lins at UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Rodriguez on Saturday, May 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event is one of seven fights on the preliminary card on ESPN+. Rothwell is 38-13 in his career, while Lins is 14-5 in his career. There are a total of five fights on the main card on UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Rodriguez, with the headliner a bout between Michelle Waterson and Marina Rodriguez. There are also a total of seven fights on the preliminary card on ESPN+. Let's look at the bout between Rothwell and Lins and UFC predictions.
UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Rodriguez Betting
Ben Rothwell (38-13, 8-7 UFC)
Rothwell came into the UFC with a record of 30-6 and he has eight wins and seven losses in the UFC. In his last five fights, he has two wins and three losses. He defeated Stefan Struve by TKO and Ovince Saint Preux by split decision; while losing to Blagoy Ivanov by unanimous decision, Andrei Arlovski by unanimous decision, and Marcin Tybura by unanimous decision. Rothwell has been a pro since 2001 and he has 28 wins by TKO/KO and six by submission. He has 28 first round finishes.
Philipe Lins (14-5, 0-2 UFC)
Lins came into the UFC with a record of 14-3 and he has no wins and two losses in the UFC. He lost to Andrei Arlovski by unanimous decision and Tanner Boser by KO. Lins' last win in his career was against Josh Copeland by TKO on December 31, 2018. Lins has been a pro since 2005 and he has eight wins by TKO/KO and four by submission. He has five first round finishes.
Lins said this to mmajunkie.usatoday.com about his upcoming fight against Rothwell, He's tough and experienced. He's been on this road for a long time. It's an honor to face someone like him. He's dangerous. He hits hard, has a good chin, and doesn't run from a fight. I have to be intelligent when facing him. I need to combine all my skills so I can impose my own game. I can't fall into his and get into a brawl. I'm looking to use my speed and footwork to outscore him. And, of course, if I see a path to a finish, I'm taking it. Ultimately, I have to fight smart. The longer the fight goes the better for me. He's a big guy, so he uses up a lot of energy. I'm ready. I've had an excellent training camp. I was ready on March 13, but our bout got rescheduled for May 8. I kept training and making small adjustments. I'm very ready for this combat. I'm completely focused on this next fight. Being victorious in the UFC is very important to me, since I'm coming off two losses. Being able to beat someone like Ben Rothwell is highly important. If I manage to get ranked with a win, that's great, but if I'm not yet ranked, I don't mind putting in the work. Of course, my mind is always on reaching the top five eventually, so I can have a title shot one day. I have a lot of faith in my own work, and in the people I'm surrounded by. I'm willing to take it one step at a time. I'll get there."
Strikes landed per minute: Rothwell 3.55/ Lins 2.66
Striking Accuracy: Rothwell 41% / Lins 40%
Strikes absorbed per minute: Rothwell 4.57/ Lins 3.68
Defense: Rothwell 46% / Lins 49%
Takedown average: Rothwell 0.63/ Lins 0.00
Takedown Accuracy: Rothwell 33% / Lins 0%
Takedowns defended: Rothwell 69% / Lins 0%
Submission average: Rothwell 0.3/ Lins 0.0
There is no question that Lins is simply going to try and stay away from the power of Rothwell and win a technical fight. He may be able to do that, as Rothwell doesn't have the skill he once had. I will take Lins to get this win and also play the rounds to go over.
UFC Fight Night: Waterson vs. Rodriguez Card & Odds
Women's Flyweight - Michelle Waterson +161 vs. Marina Rodriguez -205
Heavyweight - Philipe Lins -110 vs. Ben Rothwell -120
Women's Strawweight - Angela Hill +143 vs. Amanda Ribas -180
Welterweight - Neil Magny +150 vs. Geoff Neal -190
Lightweight - Carlos Diego Ferreira +146 vs. Gregor Gillespie -185
Middleweight - Kyle Daukaus -140 vs. Phil Hawes +110
Flyweight - Zarrukh Adashev +120 vs. Ryan Benoit -150
Heavyweight - Maurice Greene +158 vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima -200
Welterweight - Christian Aguilera +120 vs. Carlston Harris -150
Middleweight - Jun Yong Park +115 vs. Tafon Nchukwi -145
Featherweight - Michael Trizano +194 vs. Ludovít Klein -250
Welterweight - Donald Cerrone vs. TBA
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