"I'm ecstatic to be here finally ... I didn't want to be one of those guys who was just happy to get into the UFC. You know, you see a lot of these guys that come and go, and that just isn't me. My objective all along has been to come into the UFC as a somebody ... and then finish my career there. The only way you can finish your career there is if you win fights and make a name for yourself. Obviously I've done something right because they've put me on the poster and made me (a part of) the co-main event.... I feel great about the fight ... I want to be fighting with the guys that are names in the UFC. I want to be a name in the UFC, as well. That's the only way -- you've got to be in there fighting the guys that people know. So I'm very excited for the fight."
Former International Fight League (IFL) heavyweight standout "Big" Ben Rothwell talks about what it means to him to make his promotional debut against Cain Velasquez in the co main event at UFC 104: "Machida vs. Shogun" on Oct. 24. The Miletich Fighting Systems (MFS) product has 36 professional fights in a career that dates back to 2001. He has just one loss in his last 15 fights, which was courtesy of an Andrei Arlovski knockout at Affliction: "Banned" in July 2008. He has certainly paid his dues and taken the long road to the Octagon. Does he have what it takes to compete against the big dogs or will Velasquez send him a rude message that he doesn't belong in the suddenly talent-rich division?