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UFC Fight Night 35 Lands Luke Rockhold vs. Costa Philippou Middleweight Headliner

Posted on by Ken Pishna

Luke Rockhold - StrikeforceUFC president Dana White on Saturday night announced details for several upcoming events and match-ups.

Among the announcements was the headliner for UFC Fight Night 35, which is slated for Jan. 15 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will square off with Costa Philippou in a five-round, non-title fight in the night’s main event.

Rockhold won the Strikeforce belt by upsetting Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in September of 2011. He went on to defend the strap twice, against Keith Jardine and Tim Kennedy, before he was transferred over to the Octagon when Zuffa folded Strikeforce.

He was 10-1 at that point, but added a second loss to his record when Vitor Belfort knocked him out with a kick to the cranium at UFC on FX 8 earlier this year in Brazil.

Like Rockhold, Philippou (12-3, 1 NC) is coming off of a loss following a streak of victories.

Following a five-fight streak of wins that was capped by a TKO stoppage of Tim Boetsch, Philippou lost a unanimous decision to Francis Carmont at UFC 165 in September.

A win in Georgia puts the victor back within striking distance of a title shot, but the loser will tumble backwards down a long road to recovery.

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  • gregdufdesne

    awesome matchup. i fear for Luke but it should be an exciting fight!

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    Great fight. I still wouldn’t mind Bisping against either of these guys but this fight should be really good. Very important fight for Costa. A win will keep him up there. Luke had a loss to Belfort, no big deal and a loss to Costa won’t destroy him. He is a former champion and will probably still be considered a contender.