The main event of UFC Fight Night 35 was a middleweight fight that could set the pace for the winner’s year as the final Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (10-2) took on Costas Philippou (12-3, 1 NC).
Rockhold returned from a TKO loss to number one contender Vitor Belfort in his UFC debut after nine straight wins stretching back to 2008.
Philippou looks to rebound after a one-sided decision loss to Francis Carmont at UFC 165, a fight which snapped his five fight win streak.
These results will be posted live. The UFC Fight Night 35 main card begins at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Round 1: A patient Rockhold stalked Philippou, who circled in to the power side of Rockhold. Rockhold landed a nice counter which brought Philippou to a knee. As Rockhold came in he was caught with a short punch but wasn’t stunned. Rockhold stuck to his long kicks and found a small opening. Rockhold landed two shots to the body of Philippou, the second of which dropped Philippou. A soccer kick to the body was academic at that point as referee Herb Dean pulled Rockhold off of Philippou.
Official Result: Luke Rockhold defeats Costa Philippou via TKO at 2:31 of Round 1.
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