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UFC 115 Live Blog: Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel Updates

This is the UFC 115 live blog for Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel, a heavyweight bout on tonight's pay-per-view from the General Motors Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Rothwell (30-7) and Yvel (36-14-1) are both looking for their first UFC victory in their second UFC fight. Yvel lost by first-round TKO to Junior dos Santos at UFC 108 in January. Rothwell lost to Cain Velasquez at UFC 104 last October.

The live blog is below.




Round 1: Rothwell comes out with a power right. A flurry for both men early. Rothwell rushes in and Yvel tries a guillotine. Rothwell ends up on top and quickly moves to full mount. Yvell immediately buck free, though. Back to standing and Rothwell takes him down again. Rothwell to side control. Rothwell tries for the crucifix, but Yvel breaks free. Rothwell takes him down again and into full mount. Rothwell throws elbows from the top. Yvel tries a leg lock. Rothwell gets the crucifix. Yvel breaks free. Yvel lets his hands go. Rothwell looks winded as the round runs low. Rothwell looks like the more tired of the two but MMA Fighting gives him the round 10-9.

Round 2: Rothwell successfully lands the early takedown. Yvel tries to work out of it. Rothwell ends up in full mount. Yvel eats a few punches but wriggles free. Rothwell doesn't let him get any space as he takes him back down. Yvel sweeps and ends up on top. He unleashes from the top with power punches. Yvel hammers away at him for 30-40 seconds but Rothwell eats them. He gets back up and takes Yvel down again. Back into full mount but doesn't land much as the round ends. MMA Fighting scores the round for Yvel, 10-9.

Round 3: Yvel tried a takedown but it didn't work. Rothwell ended up on top and moved to side control. Yvel's defensive guard is still bad after all these years. Rothwell moved to the Americana but didn't really commit to it. Both men are fading as the round goes under two minutes left. Rothwell moves into the crucifix. Rothwell's just smothering him from the top. Short elbows are most of his offense. Yvel can't escape. Every other time he's been near the fence and used it to break free. This time he's in the center of the cage and he has no answer. Rothwell isn't doing a ton, but enough to win. MMA Fighting scores it for Rothwell, 10-9.

Winner: Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
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