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Costa Philippou headlines UFC Fight Night vs. Luke Rockhold

Costa Philippou of Long Island reacts after the

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Costa Philippou was on a roll through the middleweight division of the UFC until a lackluster performance against Francis Carmont in September ended his five fight-win streak.

Luke Rockhold was doing rather nicely as the Strikeforce middleweight champion until a leg belonging to Vitor Belfort blasted him in the head in his UFC debut last May.

On Jan. 15, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 35 in...

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Costa Philippou talks about the eye poke by Riki Fukuda

Costantinos Philippou, a mixed martial artist from Massapequa,

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When Riki Fukuda poked Costa Philippou in both eyes during their fight at UFC 148 in July, the Serra-Longo fighter was none too pleased.

With 1:45 left, Philippou went down quickly from the poke and could be heard screaming "Oh my God" as he winced in pain. It took him several minutes to be able to open his eyes. He still won the fight by unanimous decision.

As the Bayside-based...

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Round 3 with Costa Philippou

UFC fighter Costa Philippou prepares to spar during

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Costa Philippou fights Tim Boetsch at UFC 155 this Saturday, Dec. 29, just 42 days after he was last scheduled to fight.

But that bout at UFC 154 was canceled the morning of when his opponent, Nick Ring, was too sick to fight. That essentially turned Philippou's training camp for this Saturday into 13-14 weeks, give or take 3-4 days.

Here, in Round 3 of our pre-fight Philippou coverage,...

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Round 1 with Costa Philippou

UFC middleweight contender Costa Philippou will fight Tim

Here's the first video from our sit-down with Costa Philippou, UFC middleweight from Queens (by way of Long Island by way of Cyprus).

In this video, filmed at Serra BJJ in Levittown, Philippou talks about he found out he'd be replacing Serra-Longo teammate Chris Weidman at UFC 155 and what it means to his career to be fighting Tim Boetsch on Dec. 29....

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