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Monday, 11/18/2013, 09:03 am

Luke Rockhold vs. Constantinos Philippou To Headline UFC Fight Night 35 in Georgia

 

Former Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (above) will take on Constantinos Philippou in a five-round main event bout that will headline the UFC’s January card in Duluth, Georgia.

 

By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA

UFC President Dana White announced Saturday night the addition of a middleweight bout between Luke Rockhold and Constantinos Philippou to UFC Fight Night 35.

At the UFC 167 post-fight press conference, White announced this bout as the five-round headliner for the January 15 event at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia.

Rockhold (10-2) will be making his second appearance in the UFC.  The former Strikeforce middleweight champion made his debut in the UFC in May, when he suffered a knockout loss against Vitor Belfort.

Constantinos Philippou (12-3) is also coming off a recent loss.  At UFC 165 in September, Philippou lost a unanimous decision to Francis Carmont.  Prior to that bout, Philippou had gone on a 5-fight winning streak after dropping his UFC debut in March of 2011.

The UFC Fight Night 35 card now includes three fights: the main event between Philippou and Rockhold, a featherweight bout between Cole Miller and Sam Sicilia, and a bantamweight bout between T.J. Dillashaw and Mike Easton.

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