Rothwell and Dos Santos to headline UFC debut clash in Croatia

Sport360 staff 15:27 08/02/2016
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UFC stars Ben Rothwell and Junior Dos Santos are set to battle in Croatia.

Heavyweight stars Ben Rothwell and Junior dos Santos will go head-to-head in the UFC’s debut event in Croatia.

The world no.5 and world no.6 fighters are set to face-off on Sunday, April 10 at Arena Zagreb, with tickets going on sale on Friday, February 12 at 10:00 am CET.

Rothwell (36-9; fighting out of Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA) is jumping straight back into the Octagon following not only an impressive win against MMA legend Josh Barnett, but a win via submission against a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion, awarding Rothwell the fight of the night bonus.

With all four of his last victories ending in spectacular fashion, Rothwell is repeatedly showing the world why 2016 is his year to make a run at the heavyweight title.

Former UFC heavyweight champion dos Santos (17-4; fighting out of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil) will be looking to solidify himself back into title contention following a loss against Alistair Overeem at the end of last year.

The Brazilian has notable wins over some of the biggest names in MMA including current heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum, Croatian legend Mirko Cro Cop and, more recently, title contender Stipe Miocic.

This heavyweight battle will have both contenders looking to put on the performance of a lifetime to prove why they deserve to be the next in line for a title shot.

Rothwell and Dos Santos will be dominated by the heavy hitters as the best of the division descend on Zagreb, with notable debuts from former M1 champion Marcin Tybura and Serbian Bojan Mihajlovic who will take on French newcomer Francis Ngannou.

Current bouts include:

Ben Rothwell vs. Junior dos Santos
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ruslan Magomedov
Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Marcin Tybura vs. Timothy Johnson
Jan Blochowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac
Bartosz Fabinski vs. Nicolas Dalby
Damir Hadzovic vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Bojan Velickovic vs. Alessio Di Chirico

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