UFC Fight Night 35: Rockhold shuts down Phillipou with body kicks

UFC Fight Night 35 Rockhold vs. Philippou

Luke Rockhold finished this fight against Costas Philippou one second quicker than his loss to Vitor Belfort previously, all thanks to his power kicks to Philippou’s right liver

A counter right hook that dropped Philippou earlier didn’t do much for Rockhold but he seemed to be targeting the midsection ever since. One of the kicks got Philippou’s backed to the fence and the next one landed clean, which finished the fight and earned the Knockout of the Night honour. Rockhold said that he’s hoping to get a rematch against Belfort. Revisit the impressive spinning kick that knocked out Rockhold here.

In the co-main event, Brad Taveres have extended his winning streak to 5 after defeating his opponent of the night Lorenz Larkin via unanimous decision. Also winning by decision on the night was The Ultimate Fighter 14 contestant T.J. Dillashaw, who dominated in a standup battle against Mike Easton. Bad news of Easton as it’s third loss in the UFC and they would mean that he might be cut. Yoel Romera’s win against Derek Brunson earned them both Fight of the Night bonus while Cole Miller’s RNC that tapped out Sam Silicia was awarded Submission of the Night. Flyweight Championship contender John Moraga got his first fight since losing to the champ and managed to defeat Dustin Ortiz via split decision.

Next up, UFC on FOX Saturday next weekend – Henderson vs. Thompson.

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Fight of The Night: Yoel Romero vs. Derek Brunson
Knockout of The Night: Luke Rockhold
Submission of the Night: Cole Miller


Middleweight: Luke Rockhold def. Constantinos Philippou | TKO (liver kick) | R1 2:31
Middleweight: Brad Tavares def. Lorenz Larkin | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw def. Mike Easton | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Middleweight: Yoel Romero def. Derek Brunson | TKO (elbows to body) | R3 3:23
Flyweight: John Moraga def. Dustin Ortiz | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Featherweight: Cole Miller def. Sam Sicilia | Submission (rear-naked choke) | R2 1:54


Lightweight: Ramsey Nijem def. Justin Edwards | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Lightweight: Elias Silverio def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Middleweight: Trevor Smith def. Brian Houston | Decision (split) | 3 rounds
Flyweight: Louis Smolka def. Alptekin Ozkilic | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Lightweight: Vinc Pichel def. Garett Whiteley | Decision (unanimous) | 3 rounds
Lightweight: Beneil Dariush def. Charlie Brenneman | Submission (rear-naked choke) | R1 1:45

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