Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matchmakers have yet to confirm who will get first crack at recently-crowned UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum.
The current front runners are Stipe Miocic and Andrei Arlovski, per UFC President Dana White.
There's no mystery as to who will be contending for the coveted 265-pound belt in 2016, as Ben Rothwell is adamant he will vie for -- and win -- the strap come next year. But before "Big Ben" gets his much-desired title fight, the heavy-handed brawler has to win at least one more fight.
In a perfect world, Rothwell says that victory will come against the aforementioned Arlovski, a man many believe should get next crack at the crown. And it won't be your regular "W," as Rothwell recent told MMA Underground that if a bout against "The Pitbull" comes to be, he will defeat the ex-titleholder in devastating fashion.
"I'm not just going to win, it's going to be in devastating fashion. Actions speak louder than words and when I say I'm going to go on and take on the title, I can't just go out and win any way. I have to go out and make an example and show everyone what I'm about. The fight can't just be against anybody. They have to be against the right opponents, they have to mean something. That's everything that I'm talking about. If any of these things that are happening that I am talking about transpire, you are going to find out as soon as I get that fight and get into the cage I will show you."
"Big Ben" has been on quite a tear as of late, winning three straight inside the Octagon via violent stoppage with his most recent win coming against Matt Mitrione, choking "Meathead" out in the very first round at UFC Fight Night 68 just last month.
He's also been tearing it up on the mic, too, as the former IFL standout has been stepping out of the box and into the public eye, thanks to his new vocal approach.
Still, the talented big man isn't relying solely on words to get him to the big dance, as he wants his loud actions inside the Octagon to prove he's ready to contend for the title. And if a fight against Arlovski isn't in the cards, he'll gladly take on Junior dos Santos when "Cigano" is back to full health.