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Ben Rothwell gets in shape

Ben Rothwell and Roy Nelson were like the fatass mascots of the IFL and while Roy Nelson seems to love his belly more than the average pregnant chick does, Ben Rothwell has decided there’s no time like UFC time to drop a few pounds of blubber:

His manager, Monte Cox, is convinced jaws will drop when they see Rothwell. Not only will those who have never seen him be impressed by the way he performs, but those who have will be stunned by his physique.

Rothwell was 6-foot-5 and 290 pounds by the time he was 18 years old. He was never a weight lifter and used his mass and natural strength to help him in the early days.

But Rothwell hired a nutritionist several months ago and has been strength training seriously for the first time in his life. He said Rothwell has been at or under the heavyweight division’s 265-pound limit for more than a month.

“When you see him at the weigh-in, you’re not going to believe it’s the same Ben Rothwell,” Cox said. “He’s always been a little pudgy and carried extra weight around his midsection. Everybody says that before a fight, but all you have to do is look at Ben and you’ll see what I’m talking about. He’s changed his diet, he’s gotten seriously into lifting and I think it’s going to mean a totally different Ben.”

The sleeker look ain’t just for better aerodynamics and conditioning. The UFC only just recently got rid of their “No Fat Dudes” policy and you have to figure looking less than fit isn’t good for your chances of job retention. I’m actually not sure if Cain Velasquez will beat Rothwell, but there’s a pretty good chance of it so making sure any KO losses don’t come with a shockwave of fat rolling down your body is probably a good idea.