UFC Fight Night 35 results: Luke Rockhold finishes Costas Philippou with body kick in Round 1

July 14, 2012; Portland, OR, USA; Luke Rockhold celebrates his win over Tim Kennedy in the middleweight championship fight at MMA Strikeforce at the Rose Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The main event of UFC Fight Night 35 featured a key middleweight battle between former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold and Costas Philippou, who recently left Serra-Longo Fight Team where he trained with current middleweight champion Chris Weidman.

With both men looking to get in the title mix, they would need to earn a win on Wednesday night to take the right step forward.

Round 1: Philippou started off the fight circling around the cage, while Rockhold was stalking him around in circles. Rockhod landed a huge right hook that briefly dropped Philippou, but Rockhold was caught with a quick, short punch on his way in. Both fighters clinched and pushed up against the cage before retaking the center of the cage. Rockhold was looking to land a high leg kick, but eventually he opened up Philippou’s midsection where he delivered a crushing kick right to the center of his chest to immediately drop Philippou and bring an end to the fight.

Official Result: Luke Rockhold def. Costas Philippou via TKO at 2:31 in Round 1.

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Topics: Constantinos Philippou, Costas Philippou, Luke Rockhold, UFC Fight Night 35

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  • http://fansided.com Zach

    Looked great! Maybe if Belfort was TRT free it would’ve been a different outcome.

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