Dec 29, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Costa Phillippou celebrates his victory over Tim Boetsch during UFC 155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Rockhold & Costa Philippou pre-fight interviews

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In one week’s time, the UFC will be in Georgia for UFC Fight Night 35. In the main event of the evening, two top 10 Middleweights clash in a fight that is sure to bring fireworks. Luke Rockhold, the former Strikeforce Middleweight champion, is looking to get his first UFC win over perennial contender, Costa Philippou. In anticipation of the fight, the UFC has released to short interviews of both men talking about the fight.

Both Philippou and Rockhold are looking to rebound from recent losses. Rockhold took on the streaking Vitor Belfort in his UFC debut earlier this year, and was yet another victim of a highlight reel knockout from ‘The Phenom’. That loss was Rockhold’s first in six years.

Philippou had his five fight winning streak snapped at the hands of Francis Carmont at UFC 165. Philippou was completely dominated in the grappling exchanges, and certainly had to shore up his takedown defense before taking on Rockhold next weekend.

Here is the entire UFC Fight Night 35 card:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 PM ET)

  • Luke Rockhold vs. Costa Philippou
  • Lorenz Larkin vs. Brad Tavares
  • T.J. Dillashaw vs. Mike Easton
  • Derek Brunson vs. Yoel Romero
  • John Moraga vs. Dustin Ortiz
  • Cole Miller vs. Sam Sicilia

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 PM ET)

  • Justin Edwards vs. Ramsey Nijem
  • Elias Silverio vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
  • Brian Houston vs. Trevor Smith
  • Alptekin Ozkilic vs. Louis Smolka

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 PM ET)

  • Vinc Pichel vs. Garett Whiteley
  • Charlie Brenneman vs. Beneil Dariush
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Tags: Brad Tavares Costa Philippou Lorenz Larkin Luke Rockhold Mike Easton T.J. Dillashaw UFC Fight Night 35

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