UFC Fight Night: Rockhold Vs. Philippou Breakdown

Courtesy of UFC.com

Courtesy of UFC.com

 

Main Event Breakdown: Middleweight: Luke Rockhold vs. Costa Philippou

This should be a letdown, yeah I’ll be the one to say it. I never have been a fan of Luke Rockhold and Costa Philippou is growing on me. This fight has no real title indication and is just a main event. Let’s breakdown this fight, Rockhold who is a former Strikeforce middleweight champion with a 10-2 record and is a one fight losing streak after being destroyed by Vitor Belfort. Luke is more of a ground specialist as he has won 6 out of 10 fights a way of submission. He needs to take him down and out wrestle him. He can stand and trade, but as his last fight went, I would not recommend it. Costa was on a tear as he was on a five win streak until he met Francis Carmont at UFC 165 where he was stopped in a poor outing and lost via Unanimous Decision. Both fighters are on a comeback to say the least. Maybe not for a fan, but as a fighter. This is a huge fight for both men. I believe Rockhold will ground and pound that will make it go the distance.

Predictions: Luke Rockhold via Unanimous Decision

Quick Picks

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/7 p.m. ET)

  • Middleweight: Brad Tavares  Def. Lorenz Larkin Via 1st Rd KO
  • Welterweight: Jason High Def. Beneil Dariush Unanimous Decision
  • Bantamweight: T.J. Dillashaw Def. Mike Easton 1st rd submission.
  • Middleweight: Derek Brunson Def. Yoel Romero 3rd KO
  • Featherweight: Cole Miller Def. Sam Sicilia Unanimous Decision

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/5 p.m. ET)

  • Lightweight: Justin Edwards Def. Ramsey Nijem via Unanimous Decision
  • Lightweight: Isaac Vallie-Flagg Def. Elias Silverio via Unanimous Decision
  • Flyweight: Dustin Ortiz Def. John Moraga via Unanimous Decision
  • Middleweight: Derek Brunson Def. Yoel Romero via Unanimous Decision

PRELIMINARY CARD (Online/4 p.m. ET)

  • Lightweight: Vinc Pichel Defeat Garrett Whiteley via Unanimous Decision
  • Flyweight: Louis Smolka Defeat Alptekin Ozkilic via KO 1st rd

Event Info

  • Event Date: 1/15/14
  • Venue: The Arena at Gwinnett Center
  • Location: Duluth, Georgia

Topics: Costa Philippou, Doc Octagon, Luke Rockhold, UFC

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