UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold

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UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold
UFC on FOX 15 event poster.jpg
The poster for UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateApril 18, 2015 (2015-04-18)
VenuePrudential Center
CityNewark, New Jersey
Total gate$1,200,000[1]
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop 2 UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold UFC 186: Johnson vs. Horiguchi

UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold (also known as UFC on Fox 15) was a mixed martial arts event held on April 18, 2015, at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.[2]


The event was the sixth event that the UFC has hosted in Newark, New Jersey and was headlined by a middleweight bout between former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and former Strikeforce Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold.[3][4][5]

Manvel Gamburyan was expected to face Aljamain Sterling at the event. However, on February 3, Gamburyan pulled out of the bout citing injury and was replaced by Takeya Mizugaki.[6]

A middleweight bout between Ronaldo Souza and Yoel Romero was originally booked for UFC 184. However, the bout was cancelled due to Souza being struck with pneumonia. The fight was later rescheduled for this event.[7] However, on April 10, Romero pulled out of the bout due to a ligament and meniscus tear in his knee.[8] On the next day, Chris Camozzi was announced as his replacement.[9] The fight was a rematch as Souza defeated Camozzi by technical submission (arm-triangle choke) at UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold.[10]

A featherweight bout between Diego Brandão and Jimy Hettes was originally booked for UFC 183. However, the bout was canceled right before the event started, as Hettes passed out backstage. The fight was later rescheduled for this event.[11]

George Sullivan was expected to face Kenny Robertson at the event. However, Robertson pulled out of the bout citing injury and was replaced by Tim Means.[12]

Nick Catone was expected to face Vitor Miranda at the event. However, Catone abruptly announced his retirement on March 25, citing a litany of injuries and a history of chronic back pain. With a rib injury, Miranda was also pulled from the card.[13]

Paul Felder was expected to face Jim Miller at this event. However, Felder was forced to pull out of the event due to a knee injury and was replaced by Beneil Dariush.[14]


Main Card (Fox)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Luke Rockhold def. Lyoto Machida Submission (rear-naked choke) 2 2:31
Middleweight Ronaldo Souza def. Chris Camozzi Verbal Submission (armbar) 1 2:33
Featherweight Max Holloway def. Cub Swanson Submission (guillotine choke) 3 3:58
Women's Strawweight Paige VanZant def. Felice Herrig Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 29–27, 30–26) 3 5:00
Preliminary Card (Fox)
Lightweight Beneil Dariush def. Jim Miller Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Ovince Saint Preux def. Patrick Cummins KO (punches) 1 4:54
Light Heavyweight Gian Villante def. Corey Anderson TKO (punches) 3 4:18
Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling def. Takeya Mizugaki Submission (arm-triangle choke) 3 2:11
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Welterweight Tim Means def. George Sullivan Submission (arm-triangle choke) 3 3:41
Featherweight Diego Brandão def. Jimy Hettes TKO (doctor stoppage) 1 5:00
Middleweight Chris Dempsey def. Eddie Gordon Decision (split) (29–28, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00


Bonus awards[edit]

The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:[16]

  • Fight of the Night: Gian Villante vs. Corey Anderson
  • Performance of the Night: Luke Rockhold and Max Holloway

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "UFC on FOX 15 draws announced 13,306 fans for $1.2 million gate". MMAjunkie.com. April 18, 2015.
  2. ^ Staff (2014-11-23). "UFC on FOX 15 set for April 18 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J." mmajunkie.com.
  3. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2015-01-08). "Machida vs Rockhold headlines FOX show in NJ". ufc.com. Retrieved 2015-01-08.
  4. ^ Ariel Helwani (2015-01-08). "Lyoto Machida vs. Luke Rockhold targeted for UFC on FOX 15". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-01-08.
  5. ^ The MMA Report Staff (2015-03-02). "UFC on FOX 15: Machida vs. Rockhold fight card lineup finalized; televised prelims will be on FOX". themmareport.com. Retrieved 2015-03-02.
  6. ^ Damon Martin (2015-02-03). "Manny Gamburyan out; Takeya Mizugaki now faces Aljamain Sterling in New Jersey". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2015-02-03.
  7. ^ Matt Erickson (2015-02-11). "Yoel Romero vs. 'Jacare' Souza re-booked for UFC on FOX 15 co-main event". mmajunkie.com.
  8. ^ Luke Thomas (2015-04-10). "Yoel Romero injured, out of UFC on FOX 15 bout opposite Jacare Souza". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-04-10.
  9. ^ Shaun Al-Shatti (2015-04-11). "Chris Camozzi returns to the UFC, fights 'Jacare' Souza at UFC on FOX 15". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  10. ^ Mike Chiappetta (2013-05-18). "UFC on FX 8: 'Jacare' Souza puts Chris Camozzi to sleep". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  11. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2015-02-23). "Brandao vs. Hettes reset for Newark". ufc.com.
  12. ^ Staff (2015-03-24). "Tim Means steps in for Kenny Robertson, meets George Sullivan at UFC on FOX 15". mmajunkie.com.
  13. ^ Marc Raimondi (2015-03-25). "Nick Catone retiring after six years in the UFC due to lingering injuries". mmafighting.com.
  14. ^ Thomas Gerbasi (2015-03-27). "Dariush faces Miller after injury fells Felder". UFC.com.
  15. ^ "UFC on Fox: Machida vs. Rockhold". Ultimate Fighting Championship. Retrieved 2015-01-08.
  16. ^ Karim Kidan (2015-04-18). "UFC on FOX 15 bonuses: Rockhold pockets $50,000 for submission win against Machida". bloodyelbow.com. Retrieved 2015-04-18.