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Luke Rockhold wants crack at Costa Philippou in UFC debut

Philippou v BoestchWith a UFC contract in his pocket, middleweight Luke Rockhold is looking forward to his eventual unveiling in the Octagon and already has a suggestion in mind for the organization’s matchmaking team. With Gilbert Melendez and Daniel Cormier already on the card, Rockhold is hoping to join his fellow former Strikeforce fighters in San Jose on the lineup for UFC on FOX 7.

More specifically, Rockhold has his sights set on a scrap with streaking striker Costa Philippou at the April 20 event.

The 28-year old Californian revealed his interest in the rumble during a recent interview with MMAFighting where his desire to duke it out with a top contender was clear.

“I think Costa Philippou makes the most sense right now. He’s coming off a win, and I think he’s a good opponent,” said Rockhold, explaining his aim was to earn a title-shot in the UFC as quickly as possible. “I want to fight Anderson Silva before Chris Weidman does because I think he might beat him.”

The 12-2 Philippou was last seen stopping Tim Boetsch with strikes at UFC 155 to pick up his fifth straight victory.

Rockhold is 10-1 in his career with eight finishes and past wins over opponents like Keith Jardine, Tim Kennedy, and Ronaldo Souza. Though he hasn’t fought since July due to injury, Rockhold did confirm his wrist has healed and he is back in the gym getting ready for his eventual debut.

PHOTO CREDIT – STRIKEFORCE/UFC

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