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Top Five Fighters to Watch at UFC Fight Night 35

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This Wednesday the UFC brings you a great card that’s full of intriguing matchups. The card is headlined by a fight between former StrikeForce Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold and top ten fighter Costa Philippou and features a co-headliner between rising middleweights Brad Tavares and Lorenz Larkin. Including the fighters in the card’s headliners  there are multiple fighters to look out for come fight night. Here are the top five fighters to watch at UFC Fight Night 35:

Photo Courtesy Luke Rockhold Facebook Page
Photo Courtesy Luke Rockhold Facebook Page

1. Luke Rockhold (10-2)

The former StrikeForce Middleweight champion will be looking to get back on the winning track this Wednesday when he faces Costa Philippou in the event’s headliner. We last saw Rockhold on the wrong end of a Vitor Belfort highlight reel knockout. Rockhold entered the bout with Belfort as a slight favorite but was unable to escape the first round. Fans who have exclusively watched the UFC may not know how good Luke Rockhold is. Rockhold finished his StrikeForce career undefeated with his last three wins being over the likes of Tim Kennedy, Keith Jardine, and Jacare Souza. Look for Rockhold to erase the dissapointment of his UFC debut with the best performance of his career.

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2. Lorenz Larkin (14-1, 1 NC)

Lorenz Larkin has looked impressive since coming over from StrikeForce to the UFC even though he only has a 1-1 record with the promotion. Larkin’s debut was a controversial decision loss to now number eight ranked Francis Carmont. In that bout Larkin should vastly improved takedown defense and soundly outstruck Carmont on the feet. Unfortunately for Larkin, the judges decided that failed takedown attempts against the cage counted more than strikes landed. In his second UFC bout Larkin left no room for controversy as he absolutely dominated Chris Camozzi for fifteen minutes. Look for Larkin to make his case as one of the top prospects in the middleweight division Wednesday.

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Photo by Ed Mulholland/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

3. Yoel Romero (6-1)

Thirty-seven year old Olympic Wrestler Yoel Romero has made quite an impact in mixed martial arts at such a late age. After losing his only fight in StrikeForce to Rafael Cavalcante, Romero dropped to middleweight then starched Clifford Starks and Ronny Markes inside the UFC. Romero’s 100% knockout rate make him a must watch fighter every time he competes. Look for Romero to go for the finish early this Wednesday as he takes on fellow StrikeForce import Derek Brunson.

(Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
(Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

4. John Moraga

John Moraga quickly rose up the UFC flyweight ranks in 2012 with back-to-back stoppage wins over highly ranked flyweights Ulysses Gomez and Chris Cariaso before being offered a title fight with division king Demetrious Johnson. Moraga ran into a quicker and more technical fighter against Johnson and was badly beaten before being submitted in the fifth round. Moraga’s fight this Wednesday with Dustin Ortiz is  an important one for the Arizona Combat Sports product as he will be looking to prove that his early UFC success was no fluke. Expect Moraga to be the best version of himself this Wednesday.

Photo via UFC.com
Photo via UFC.com

5. Charlie Brenneman

Charlie Brenneman was one of the UFC’s feel good stories of 2011 after beating highly touted Rick Story on one day’s notice in his hometown. After his win over Story, Brenneman’s fairy-tale ending never came as he was cut by the promotion after a 1-3 streak which included losses to Anthony Johnson, Erick Silva, and Kyle Noke. Brenneman went back to the drawing board after his release deciding to drop from welterweight to lightweight. The change in weight did wonders for Brenneman as he went 4-0 on the local circuit before getting his call back to the UFC. Look for Brenneman to make a big impact in his return to the UFC.

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Daniel Reveles
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, California, Daniel Reveles' interest in Mixed Martial Arts began at the age of fourteen while attending a Fantasy Football draft at a Friend's house. That day Daniel's buddies ordered UFC 88 on Pay-Per-View featuring lauded striker and hometown hero Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squaring off with Division One Wrestler “Suga” Rashad Evans. After seeing “the wrestler” Rashad Evans put the Ice Man out cold with an overhand right, Daniel became instantly hooked by the unpredictability of the sport. Since that moment Daniel has become well versed in Mixed Martial Arts History and has yet to miss an event. Daniel is currently studying at the University of California Santa Barbara to receive his Bachelor's Degree in Communications with hopes of becoming the next big media mogul. When he is not watching MMA or studying you can find Daniel hanging out with his family and friends or taking in a game at the lovely Dodger Stadium.