Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Ricco Rodriguez will replace an injured Tim Sauer for the New York Pitbulls and will take on Ben Rothwell in the IFL World Team Championships this Thursday night.
Rothwell is undefeated in 8 fights so far in the IFL. During that span he has racked up wins over Krzysztof Soszynski, Bryan Vetell, Devin Cole, Wojtek Kaszowski, Matt Thompson, Roy Nelson, and Travis Fulton.
Rodriguez has won 12 out of his last 14 fights since his departure from the UFC, his two losses coming at the hands of Ron Waterman and Robert Beraun. Rodriguez avenged the loss to Waterman at WFA: King of the Streets last summer. Rodriguez owns victories over former UFC Heavyweight Champion Andrei Arlovski, Paul Buentello, Jeff Monson, and current UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy Couture.
Rodriguez will certainly be Rothwell’s biggest test yet in the IFL.