On Saturday night, Luke Rockhold joined a very selective group of men when he finished former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.
Along with the likes of former champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and current champ Jon "Bones" Jones, Luke Rockhold became the third man to stop "The Dragon" in Machida's 28-fight career.
Rockhold set the pace from the opening bell and met Machida in the middle of the Octagon for their UFC on FOX main event. When the fight was standing, Rockhold controlled the action and when it went to the ground, he showcased an unrelenting ground attack. Surprisingly, it did not take Rockhold very long to put Machida away. The end came at 2:31 of Round 2 as Rockhold sunk in a rear-naked choke after countless, unchecked punches from various positions.
Machida was swollen, bloody and utterly defeated – a rare sight for MMA fans. Those inside the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, were witness to a decisive win that not only put Rockhold on the national stage,Read More »from Luke Rockhold vaults into title picture with win over Lyoto Machida