Rockhold stakes claim as top UFC middleweight contender

Apr 18, 2015 11:33 PM by Ross Field

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Luke Rockhold locked in a rear naked choke and made Lyoto Machida tap at 2:32 of the second round to win a main event showdown between two of the top middleweights in UFC on Saturday night.

Rockhold (14-2) should be next in line for a pay-per-view title shot in the 185-pound division. With a dominant win over the 36-year-old Machida, Rockhold positioned himself to take on the winner of the UFC 187 fight next month between Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort.

Machida (22-6) never put up much of a fight in his brief stint in the cage.

Rockhold lost his UFC debut in 2013, then rebounded with wins over Costas Philippou, Tim Boetsch, Michael Bisping. He won his third straight fight via submission and looked at his best at the Prudential Center.

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