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Exclusive: Ben Rothwell considering offer from new Golden Boy and Affliction fight promotion

gbp_logo1.jpg The new mixed martial arts promotion being started by Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions and clothing apparel company Affliction have been very actively recently when it comes to pursuing free agent fights. ( has learned that former IFL heavyweight Ben Rothwell has received a lucrative offer from the new promotion.

Rothwell has not competed since recording a unanimous decision victory over Ricco Rodriguez during the IFL’s Team Finals on September 20 but has fielded offers from several promotions. A source close to the fighter indicated that of all the offers he has received thus far, the Golden Boy/Affliction offer is considered to be the most intriguing.

Rothwell, who holds a career MMA record of 29-5, was one of the IFL’s signature stars before a contract dispute caused him to be pulled from its World Grand Prix this past November. The Miletich Fighting Systems product posted an undefeated 9-0 record during a two-year tenure with the promotion.

According to, the new startup collaboration between Affliction and Golden Boy could hold its first card as early as June 28. While it has yet to be confirmed, rumors within the industry have suggested that HBO is considered a likely television partner for the new group.

It is believed that Matt Lindland has already signed a three-fight contract with the promotion and that Aleksander Emelianenko, the younger brother of Fedor Emelianenko, is also on board as well. The names of Fedor, Andrei Arlovski, and Josh Barnett are also believed to be high on Golden Boy/Affliction’s wish-list.

  • Gong says:

    So they’re just focusing on heavyweights so far? Still, they’re sounding a lot better than M1 right now.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Good for them, I guess. Rothwell looked good in IFL, but let’s be honest, he wasn’t fighting against top-tier heavyweights. Put him in the octagon with Tim Sylvia, his evil and more talented twin, and I don’t think he’ll compete as well as his record suggests.

  • paddiosf says:

    You have to wonder why Rothwell isn’t being considered by the UFC or his name isn’t mentioned by them…So, let me ask everyone something..If you guys haven’t noticed but it seems like the Miletich Camp fighters since the IFL Team was created are becoming almost the thing of the Past in the UFC..who’s left other than Sylvia in the UFC contract is almost up??? Hughes is doing his own thing with his HIT Camp..So I wonder if there’s a under lying ” Riff” between Miletich and the Zuffa or “Dana” since he had a IFL Team…It just seems alittle odd because a few years ago he represented half the top fighters in the UFC, Hughes,Franklin,Sylvia,Lawler etc etc..Something to think about…

  • Evan says:

    who knows paddiosf

    rumor has that entire camp as sort of a dysfunctional family anyway. I don’t even think Jens is there much anymore.

    I have read both of the books by/about Jens and Matt’s as well. Doesn’t seem like much love goes around and they were close initially more by necessity than choice

  • lordschroeder says:

    maybe militech is losing his touch? you can’t expect him to stay on top of the world forever. my big question is, what’s he going to do after the ifl goes bankrupt?

  • Evan says:

    “my big question is, what’s he going to do after the ifl goes bankrupt?”

    Shrug his shoulders and find employment with 1 of the 2 dozen other mma orgs that will start up and fail over the next few years.

    He was on HDNet’s broadcast this Saturday.

  • Mike Wolfe says:

    Don’t know anything about the internal politics, but their fighters seem to have a predictable style. With the exception of Hughes, most of the MFS fighters are primarily strikers with a bias towards punching/clinching. They don’t seem to make full use of leg kicks or submissions. With an increasing emphasis on well-rounded skill sets, maybe they’re a little behind the curve, or at least a little too one-dimensional.

  • rogelio says:

    aleks v. rothwell.


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