This is the UFC 164 live blog for Ben Rothwell vs. Brandon Vera, a heavyweight bout at Saturday night's UFC event at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Rothwell, who has lost three of his past five fights, will face Vera, who is 1-3 (with one no-contest) in his past five fights, on the main card.
Check out the UFC 164 live blog below.
Round 1: Vera opens southpaw while Rothwell is orthodox. Both fighters exchange and each land shots, but Rothwell gets the best of it with a hard right that very briefly buckles Vera. Vera responds, however, with a hard body kick. Rothwell over pursues and eats a right hand. Rothwell connects with a left, misses with a right. Hard middle kick again from Vera, but he eats a right hand. Inside leg kick now from Rothwell. Rothwell chasing with punches, but hitting air as Vera moves side to side. Inadvertent groin kick from Rothwell lands on Vera and the bout is temporarily halted. The round ends almost as it's resumed.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Vera
Round 2: Vera opens with two right outside leg kicks. Rothwell scores a minor uppercut and they clinch. Rothwell attempts a head kick, but it's blocked. Rothwell now pressuring Vera against the fence and scoring potshots in the clinch. The fighters exchange outside leg kicks. Rothwell pressures Vera against the fence again and he scores with a hard right hand. Vera responds with a left of his own. Vera lands with a left straight before the close of the round.
MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Rothwell
Round 3: Body kick for Rothwell finds the mark and he pushes Vera into the fence. The referee separates them for inactivity. Short uppercut finds the mark for Rothwell. Rothwell swarms Vera after getting aggressive. Vera is badly hurt and drops to the ground. Rothwell goes hip to hip on a turtled Vera and fires a few more shots until referee Herb Dean steps in and stops.
Ben Rothwell def. Brandon Vera via TKO (strikes) at 1:54 of round 3