UFC Fight Night 35 Results: Luke Rockhold Scores Quick KO, Calls for Bisping En Route to Belfort

January 15, 2014
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Luke-Rockhold-SF0409_7394-478x270Luke Rockhold was the former Strikeforce champion, who stumbled in his UFC debut against Vitor Belfort. Costas Philippou was rocketing up the UFC middleweight ranks, on the brink of a title shot, before he fell to fellow rising star Francis Carmont.

One of them had to get back on track with a stellar performance at UFC Fight Night 35 on Wednesday night at The Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.

And it was Rockhold that did just that.

After a couple minutes of doing the “where’s this going” dance, Rockhold landing a right hand and Philippou answering, the former Strikeforce champ went to work, and once he did, it didn’t take long to bring things to a conclusion.

Rockhold twice went up high with kicks, opening a cut around Philippou’s right eye. As the New Yorker was preoccupied with the blood dripping into his eye, Rockhold unleashed successive body kicks that quickly sent Philippou crumpling to the mat.

“I love that liver kick. It’s always there. You gotta set it up, go high, go low,” said Rockhold after the fight.

And after finally put his first UFC victory on the books, Rockhold would like to erase the memory of stumbling out of the gate and get another shot at Belfort.

“I’m not here to be good; I’m here to be great. I want my rematch with Vitor. I would like it here in the States,” he stated, although with Belfort already promised the next crack at Chris Weidman’s UFC middleweight championship, Rockhold knows he’s going to have to take another fight first.

“I’ll go through anybody I have to to get that, especially Michael Bisping, actually; that would be nice.”

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  • Ufc on fox 11

    I did not see that coming love to see rockhold vs bisping on ufc on fox 11 #1 contenders bout!!! Both in there prime in bisping long over do for a tittle shot

    • jrcr_15

      He can’t beat the elite middleweignts . He is not overdue because he can’t hang with the best of them, he is a gate keeper at best

      • El Gvapo

        You can’t class the second/third best fighter in the division as a gatekeeper. A gatekeeper by definition is someone you should put up against a young up’n’comer like a TUF winner as their third fight in the ufc to see where they stand in the division. You wouldn’t put someone like Uriah Hall against Vitor, or Bisping for that matter to get a measure of their true potential. Someone like Leben of a couple of years ago or Patrick Cote, they’re your typical gatekeeper in my opinion.

  • Maddawgmar

    I Still don’t understand how they are gonna put Jacare in the title talk but not Rockhold. Yes, Belfort KO’d him, but that’s not a knock on Rockhold. Who has Jacare beat? Camozzi, Okami… Okami is over the hill, Camozzi is a mid tier fighter. If my memory serves me right, Rockhold beat Jacare pretty easily.

  • Rdd08

    Well, he’s the first to ask for a rematch with Vitor Belfort. That’s gotta count for something I reckon.

  • metoo

    Luke vs bisping sounds good to me. Settle this strikeforce champ beef and have tim fight.Yoel