Ben Rothwell gets it.
At only 26, the heavyweight slugger is a veteran of the sport, with 34 pro bouts on his résumé and an unbeaten nine-fight run through the International Fight League. However, his fight on the "Affliction: Banned" show in Anaheim, Calif., later this month takes his career to a new level and is unlike any opportunity he's had before.
"This is the biggest fight for me so far," said Rothwell. "I've had some tough fights, some good fights, but Andrei (Arlovski) is a former UFC champion and still ranked high in the top 10. And, anytime you're fighting someone ranked higher than you, it does good things for you. This is a chance for me to truly bring myself into the top 10."