Junior dos Santos vs. Ben Rothwell set to headline UFC Zagreb

A pivotal heavyweight bout between #6 ranked Junior dos Santos and #5 ranked Ben Rothwell has been added to UFC Fight Night 86. The fight will headline the card, which is set to take place in Croatia.
(Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

(Esther Lin/MMA Fighting)

UFC announced the fight on their official Twitter account. dos Santos (17-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) won his first seven UFC fights before knocking out Cain Velasquez to capture heavyweight gold. He made one defence of the title, stopping Frank Mir at UFC 146 before facing Velasquez for a second time. JDS was beaten brutally and eventually lost a dominant decision. The Brazilian returned to face Mark Hunt, and after knocking out the Australian with a wheel kick, was given another crack at the belt. Velasquez dominated dos Santos brutally once again before eventually picking up a TKO finish late in round five. dos Santos then returned in December of 2014 and took home a unanimous decision victory over Stipe Miocic after a gruelling five round war which earned fight of the night honors. Most recently, the 32-year-old fought Alistair Overeem in December of 2015, and was stopped in the second round. Rothwell (36-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is currently on the best run of his career, and is riding a four fight win streak. Rothwell went 2-3 in his first five UFC outings but after a rocky start, Big Ben has found his feet. The 34-year-0ld met Brandon Vera at UFC 164, and picked up a third round stoppage before knocking out Alistair Overeem in the first round of their bout at UFC Fight Night 50. Vera followed up the biggest win of his career by submitting Matt Mitrione in the first round of their bout at UFC Fight Night 68. Most recently, Rothwell fought Josh Barnett at UFC on FOX 18 and became the first man to submit "Warmaster" after catching a Gogo Choke in the second round. UFC Fight Night: Zagreb will take place live from the Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia on April 10.

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