Philippou earns TKO at UFC 155
The second middleweight bout of the main card of UFC 155, featuring another pair of contenders, started off slowly. Costa Philippou and Tim Boetsch remained cautious early, but the latter made a strong move with a takedown with just one minute left in the opening round - likely enough for him to take the first.
However, Philippou was able to work his way back to the feet with barely any time to go, though Boetsch nearly floored him with five seconds remaining.
In the second round, Boetsch found trouble as he was unable to move the fight to the floor. Philippou managed to land on the feet, leaving his opponent with no option but to fall to his back. After a brief break in action due to a foul from Philippou, the action was resumed, but a bleeding Boetsch had no answer for his opponent.
The final round was more of the same, as Philippou continuously landed, while Boetsch continuously gushed blood out of his forehead.
With three minutes to go, Boetsch attempted to pull guard, leading only to big strikes from Philippou. After a brief amount of ground and pound, the fight was called by referee Kim Winslow, giving Philippou the technical knockout win.
Boetsch, who was close to a title shot, takes a giant step back, while Philippou takes a massive leap forward.
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