On Saturday, April 18, the UFC hosted UFC on Fox 15: Machida vs. Rockhold from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
In the night’s main event, former light heavyweight champion and recent middleweight title challenger Lyoto Machida clashed with former Strikeforce middleweight kingpin Luke Rockhold. The Brazilian Machida bounced back from a hard-fought decision loss to current champion Chris Weidman by dismantling C.B. Dollaway in just 62 seconds in December. Rockhold, meanwhile, entered the Octagon riding a three-fight winning streak. The 30-year-old had scored three straight finishes, including a submission win over Michael Bisping in the UFC Fight Night 55 main event in November.
The co-main event featured an unexpected rematch as another former Strikeforce middleweight title holder, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, once again faced off with Chris Camozzi. The pair met previously in May of 2013, with the Brazilian Souza scoring a first-round submission. Souza had not tasted defeat since and was expected to face Yoel Romero, but a last-minute injury to the Cuban opened the door for Camozzi. The 28-year-old suffered three additional defeats after the Souza fight and was released from the promotion. However, after two straight, first-round stoppages on the regional circuit, Camozzi stepped in on a week’s notice looking for revenge.
The 11-fight event kicked off Saturday with three preliminary card bouts streaming on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30 p.m. ET. Four additional prelims followed on Fox at 6 p.m. ET, with the four-fight main card airing live at 8 p.m. ET, also on Fox.
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