Source: MMANuts.com

Organization: UFC

Division: Middleweight

Last Fight: Costa Philippou

Record: 11-2

Reason for Nomination: As the last Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Luke came into the UFC with all sorts of promise. His first fight with the UFC unfortunately was against Super TRT Vitor and he fell victim to his steroid-infused spinning back kick. That fight left Luke at a crossroads, so going into his fight with Philippou no one knew what to expect. The fight played out beautifully for Rockhold with him using pinpoint accurate body kicks to TKO Philippou in the first round. I think Rockhold is going to fight for the Middleweight title one day, and this fight was the first step towards that.