Former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold received a harsh welcome to the UFC from Vitor Belfort when he suffered a first-round knockout loss after taking a spinning heel kick to the head back in May of 2013. Nearly one year later, Rockhold will take another shot inside the Octagon. Rockhold will look to pick up from where he left off before his streak of nine-straight wins came to an unceremonious end, as he competes as a substantial online sports betting favorite against Constantinos Philippou at the upcoming UFC Fight Night event.
UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Philippou
(10-2-0) Luke Rockhold vs. Constantinos Philippou (12-3-1)
Saturday January 15, 2013
The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia
UFC Sports Betting Line: Rockhold – 400
Rockhold is listed at minus-400 right now, as his surprising loss to Belfort has hardly shaken his overall stock moving forward. Philippou lost to Francis Carmont via unanimous decision the last time he was in the Octagon, and despite a strong record his resume doesn’t necessarily translate with very many top names.
UFC Betting Preview: Luke Rockhold
The 29-year old Rockhold made the trip to Brazil looking like he had a decent shot at making a splash in his UFC debut, but instead he was knocked out by Belfort just 2:32 in to their bout. An excellent grappler that likes to bide his time and wear down his opponents, Rockhold was caught somewhat off guard by Belfort in the loss, and will be anxious to get back in the win column. Rockhold’s strength is on the mat where he can wrestle his opponents and work the submission game, as evidenced by his six-career submission wins. He will likely turn to that game to keep Philippou under control and wear him down, although he has to be careful of his opponent’s quick strike ability.
UFC Betting Preview: Constantinos Philippou
Philippou isn’t an elite fighter and doesn’t have the best takedown defense, so he could be vulnerable on the ground. The one area he does excel is in his striking, and you have to believe in this match up that he would love to stand up and exchange blows. Philippou is well-rounded enough to go the full three rounds with Rockhold and play a technical game, which makes it more likely he will come out in attack mode and look to score the decisive blow. Six of Philippou’s 12-career wins have come via knockout compared to just one submission, so look for him to try and stay on his feet.
UFC Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
Philippou is a still a dangerous fighter capable of ending this fight with a single blow, and that will keep some sportsbook reviews fans from risking such a high price to bet Rockhold. However, the chances are much greater that Rockhold responds to his last loss with a much more careful effort, and does everything he can to keep the fight on the ground where he can best maintain control. Rockhold is the more complete fighter of the two, and he should be able to earn the nod as long as he doesn’t get caught for the second fight in a row.
UFC Betting Pick: Luke Rockhold – 400