LukeRockhold destroyed his challenger at UFC Combat Night 35. |
This was what LukeRockhold had in mind when he entered the Ultimate FightingChampionship.
The previous Strikeforce champion worn out CostasPhilippou with a brutal physique kick within the UFC Combat Night 35 headliner on Wednesday on the Arena atGwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. Rockhold (eleven-2, 1-1 UFC) folded theCypriot 2:31 into round one, bouncing back nicely from his knockoutloss to VitorBelfort eight months in the past.
Rockhold rattled the onetime Ring of Combat titleholder with ashort proper hook after which uncorked his kicks. The first one backedup Philippou (12-four, 5-three UFC); the second put him away.
“I like that liver kick,” Rockhold mentioned. “It’s at all times there. You’vegot to set it up by going excessive and low. I have numerous energy in mykicks. So long as I don’t rush things, I’m lots better fighter.You noticed tonight, I was a lot more reserved. I waited for myopportunities, caught him with that hook after which finished him withthe kicks.”
Rockhold has won 10 of his previous eleven bouts and figures to stay afixture at or near the top of the middleweight division as long ashe stays healthy. Afterward, the American Kickboxing Academystandout turned his consideration in direction of greater-profile prey.
“I’m not right here to be good. I’m here to be great,” Rockhold said. “Iwant my rematch with Vitor, and I would really like it here in the[United] States. I’ll undergo anyone I've to [in order] toget that, especially MichaelBisping. That would be nice.”
Tavares Wins Fifth Straight
An active, multi-pronged standup assault paired with timelytakedowns carried “The Final Fighter” Season 11 semifinalist BradTavares to a unanimous decision overLorenzLarkin
within the co-principal occasion. Tavares (12-1, 7-1 UFC) swept thescorecards with 29-28 marks across the board.
Tavares put the Millennia MMA export on his heels and saved himthere for much of the 15-minute encounter. He labored successfully tothe body and head, answered Larkin at each flip and pummeled hislead leg with thudding kicks. In the second round, he prolonged hislead, scoring with a takedown and shifting to Larkin’s again.
Behind on the scorecards, Larkin (14-2, 1-2 UFC) made his move inround three. The 27-12 months-outdated threatened Tavares with a guillotinechoke and punished him with elbows to the facet of the top againstthe cage, making him pay for an tried double-leg takedown.Still, the hole was too deep for Larkin, because the surge failed toforge the finish he wanted.
Close to-Flawless Dillashaw Overwhelms Easton
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Dillashaw was impressive in victory.
Group Alpha Male’s T.J.Dillashaw threw – and hit -Mike Easton with nearly every weapon in his arsenal, as he recorded a one-sidedunanimous determination in a bantamweight showcase. All three judgesscored it the same: 30-27 for Dillashaw (9-2, 5-2 UFC).
Easton (thirteen-four, three-three UFC) was by no means a factor within the struggle, although hisiron chin stored him upright when lesser males might have folded.Dillashaw blended takedowns and very good clinch work with thuddingkicks to the leg, physique and head, one among which sent spit flying inthe second round. Easton tried to reply when and the place he might,but Dillashaw’s wonderful movement kept him out of vary.
Dillashaw continued to pile up the points down the stretch,throwing in a pair of Superman punches in round three.
“I came in right here respecting the man,” Dillashaw said. “He’s top 10for a cause. I knew he was going to be a tricky battle, however I wasthe higher athlete tonight. He’s a sturdy man. I knew it was goingto be a 15-minute struggle, so I came in able to go the wholeway.”
Dillashaw has won five of his past six bouts, a controversialdecision loss to RaphaelAssuncao at UFC Combat Night 29 the lone hiccup.
“I am riding a six-struggle winning streak,” he mentioned. “I gained that lastfight. I’m looking to get that No. 1 contender’s spot. Whoever isin the way, I’m there.”
Late Surge Sends Palacio Previous Brunson
American High Staff’s YoelRomero Palacio stopped DerekBrunson with a sequence of left hooks and observe-up groundstrikes within the third round of their featured middleweight battle.Palacio (7-1, three-zero UFC) drew the curtain three:23 into round three, ashe repeatedly drove his elbow into Brunson’s body.
Brunson (11-three, 2-1 UFC) held off the imposing Cuban for the betterpart of two rounds, staggering him with a head kick and surprisingthe 2000 Olympic silver medalist with properly-timed takedowns. To hiscredit, Palacio saved letting the punches fly. Within the third spherical,he clipped Brunson with one left hook and dropped him to a kneewith one other. He then followed with punches and hammerfists,forcing the stoppage after a prolonged assault.
“I try to win the struggle,” Palacio mentioned. “I don’t attempt to put damageon my opponents, but if the referee doesn’t stop it, I've to keepgoing.”
Moraga Rebounds, Edges Ortiz
Arizona Fight Sports representative John Moraga gained for the eighth time in 9 appearances, as he eked out acontentious split decision over Roufusport’s DustinOrtiz
in a flyweight showcase. All three cageside judges scoredit 29-28, two of them siding with Moraga (14-2, three-1 UFC). Ortiz (12-3, 1-1 UFC) controlled nearly all the first spherical,as he struck for a takedown and fed the former title challenger asteady diet of elbows in punches. However, the momentum provedfleeting. Moraga wobbled the 25-year-previous with a left hook in thesecond, moved to his back during a scramble and nearly finished itwith a rear-bare choke.
Moraga – who submitted to a fifth-spherical armbar from flyweightchampion DemetriousJohnson in July – introduced his jab into play within the third roundand landed with extra authority, counteracting a pair of takedownsfrom Ortiz.
Miller Choke Submits Sicilia
American Prime Crew’s Cole Miller submitted Sam Sicilia with a second-round rear-naked choke in a featured scrap at 145pounds. A bloody Sicilia (12-four, 2-three UFC) tapped out 1:fifty four into roundtwo, as he misplaced for third time in 4 outings.
Miller (21-eight, 10-6 UFC) steered clear of Sicilia’s potent righthand and beat up the Sikjitsu representative from the perimeter,placing a stout jab and front kicks to efficient use. The29-12 months-old Augusta, Ga., native dropped Sicilia with a two-punchcombination – a straight proper did the harm – before settlingin side management and transitioning to the again. The rear-bare chokecame next, followed by the tapout.
“I know I’ve been a bit of inconsistent, however this has been a littlebreakthrough for me on this last 12 months,” Miller mentioned. “I promise tobe more constant in my future.”