NEWARK, N.J. – Former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold made easy work of ex-champ Lyoto Machida, earning a submission midway through the second round after a dominant first frame.
Apart from a pair of hooks Machida (22-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) landed early in the bout, it was lopsided affair in favor of Rockhold (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who hasn’t lost in the UFC since his debut inside the promotion’s octagon.Machida kept Rockhold on his toes with big punches in the opening moments of the fight, but after the action spilled to the mat, the latter started to take over. Rockhold battered Machida with several punches and a big elbow, and as the opening round concluded, the latter was clearly hurt.In the second round, Rockhold lands a body kick and a left hand that dropped Machida. Rockhold took advantage of it by getting in full mount and transitioned to Machida's back to secure the rear naked choke with Machida tapping almost instantly. After the fight, Rockhold had some words for middleweight champion Chris Weidman.