Ben Rothwell: I think Andrei Arlovski and I should dance

Ben Rothwell had a tremendous post fight interview in the octagon with Jon Anik following his win over Matt Mitrione in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 68 on Saturday night in New Orleans.

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With the win over Mitrione, Rothwell (35-9) has now won three in a row and is proving to be one of the top contenders in the UFC heavyweight division.

At the post fight press conference, he was asked about his post fight interview in the octagon and explained that fighters have to do things to get attention.

“I guess you gotta make some noise, right? “I gotta get people to pay attention,”Rothwell said. “You say inspiration, I think a lot of it comes from the writers right now in MMA. Constantly I just feel like I’m overlooked and I’m not getting any respect. Again, I was the underdog tonight on the writers column. Everybody picked Mitrione. I’m kind of getting used to it. I like it. Keep putting me as the underdog. I like putting a loss on your picks there. And I think the next fights that I want I’m gonna continue to be the underdog. That’s just fine with me. As you can see it doesn’t make a difference.”

Rothwell entered this fight as the number nine title contender in the UFC rankings and he is looking for a big fight the next time he steps into the octagon. He believes that Stipe Miocic deserves the next title shot and he would like to face Andrei Arlovski to decide who should be up after Miocic.

“I think Stipe has built up a good case and I think he should be the next challenger,” he said. “I think Andrei Arlovski and I should dance. He’s ranked fourth and some people are already talking about him getting the next title shot. I think him and I should fight next. I know he has a little bit of an injury, so he is going to take some time off. I will be ready for him.”