Luke Rockhold (pictured) may have entered Saturday’s scrap against Lyoto Machida as the fourth ranked UFC middleweight, but he likely left the cage as the division’s top contender. Sorry, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Machida fell to the mat in the opening round after eating a punch (it also looked like he slipped at the same time), but “The Dragon” was never able to recover from the beating he took for the remainder of the period.
Rockhold absolutely manhandling Machida. The Brazilian managed to survive the first stanza, barely, though the mauling was brought to a conclusion in the next round.
Rockhold easily got Machida to the canvas again and ultimately ended things with a rear-naked choke. Machida didn’t even attempt to break the lock.
The official stoppage came at 2:31.
Rockhold will most likely get the winner of UFC 187‘s title tilt between champion Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.
Souza, who is currently the UFC’s top ranked middleweight, will probably have to take another fight before getting his turn.
UFC on FOX 15 took place inside Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
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