A lot of hype was surrounding Luke Rockhold when he entered the UFC. The California native entered the organization as the Strikeforce middleweight champion. He felt very confident in his UFC debut against Vitor Belfort last May and felt a win would secure him a title shot. Belfort had other plans as he added Rockhold to his hit list winning by first round knockout.
His main event tonight at UFC Fight Night 35 against Costas Philipou was a make or break fight for Rockhold and we were going to see how he good he really is. Rockhold made that definitive statement that he is a force in the middleweight division.
The fight begins with both circling the cage exchanging jabs. Philpou throws a outside leg kick and Rockhold lands a kick to the body. Rockhold lands a right hook and Philipou lands a shot of his own. Philipou lands a right hand and Rockhold lands a high kick. Rockhold lands another high kick and Philipou lands a right hand. Rockhold lands a right jab and lands a body kick that crumbles Philipou and the referee Herb Dean stops the fight.
Luke Rockhold defeats Costas Philipou by TKO at 2:31 of Round One.