Luke Rockhold and Costa Philippou will headline the UFC’s
return to the Atlanta area when they square off at the Arena at
Gwinnett Center on Jan. 15.
The UFC Fight Night event, which will air on FOX Sports 1, was
announced by UFC president Dana White in the aftermath of UFC
Both fighters are ranked in the UFC’s top 10 but coming
Rockhold, No. 6 in the latest poll, ran into the buzzsaw that is
Vitor Belfort in his last time out, losing via knockout back in
May. The bout was Rockhold’s first in the promotion after
coming over from Strikeforce, where he was the middleweight
The 29-year-old American Kickboxing Academy product is 10-2
Meanwhile, Philippou (12-3, 1 no contest) is coming off a
wrestling-heavy defeat at the hands of Francis Carmont at UFC 165.
That loss snapped a five-fight win streak.
Earlier Saturday, FOX Sports reported that bouts including Cole
Miller vs. Sam Sicilia and T.J. Dillashaw vs. Mike Easton will also
take place on the card.
The UFC’s last trip to Georgia was in April 2012, when Jon
Jones beat Rashad Evans in the main event of UFC 145 in
Atlanta’s Philips Arena. The Arena at Gwinnett Center is in
neighboring Duluth, about 30 miles northeast.