UFC Fight Night 35 Bonuses: Luke Rockhold Highlights Bonus Winners

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It was a good night for Luke Rockhold tonight at UFC Fight Night 35. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion notched his first UFC victory with TKO victory over Costas Philipou.

To make the night even better, at the UFC Fight Night 35 post-fight press conference UFC President Dana White announced as part of the fight night bonuses Rockhold won $50,000 for his “knockout of the night” win over Philipou.

Other bonuses went to Cole Miller for his “submission of the night” win over Sam Sicilia and Yoel Romero and Derek Brunson for their “fight of the night”.

Each of those fighters also won $50,000.

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UFC Fight Night 35 Results: Luke Rockhold Crumbles Costas Philipou

Photo from Sherdog.com

Photo from Sherdog.com

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.

Round 1

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.

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