A major heavyweight fight between Junior dos Santos and Ben Rothwell will headline UFC Fight Night 86 in Zagreb, Croatia on April 10th.
JDS will be looking to get back on the horse after suffering a second round TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC On FOX 17 back in December. That was the former heavyweight champion’s only fight in 2015 due to injuries and prior to that he’d picked up wins over Mark Hunt and Stipe Miocic sandwiched inbetween a second, brutal loss to Cain Velasquez.
While Dos Santos’ form has been slipping, it’s been the opposite for Rothwell who’s compiled an impressive four-fight unbeaten stretch in the division, defeating the likes of Alistair Overeem, Brandon Vera, Matt Mitrione and most recently becoming the first fighter ever to tap out fellow veteran Josh Barnett at UFC On FOX 18 a little over a week ago.
Rothwell is eager to keep his momentum going and a victory over JDS would surely have the current No.5 ranked heavyweight right on the verge of a title shot.
UFC Fight Night 86 will be the promotion’s first ever to be held in Croatia and alongside Rothwell Vs Dos Santos there’ll be more heavyweight action on the main card as Ruslan Magomedov has been booked to take on Gabriel Gonzaga.