Luke Rockhold, top, fights against Lyoto Machida during a UFC mixed martial arts bout, Saturday, April 18, 2015, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Luke Rockhold staked his claim in New Jersey as the top middleweight contender in UFC.Up next, Rockhold wants a title shot and a shot at MMA history in New York.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.Souza, who lost to Rockhold in the old Strikeforce days, hoped he could earn a shot at Weidman's title with a fight against Olympic silver medalist Yoel Romero.Unlike the rest of the beaten, sweaty fighters who trudged past press row after the fight, Souza (22-3) didn't have a bead of sweat on him and looked like he could step right up for another fight later in the night.The Brazilian won his eighth straight UFC fight and hoped a month ago a win would mean his name would get called next for a middleweight title fight.
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