The win is Rockhold’s fourth straight since his 2013 defeat against Vitor Belfort and the in-form fighter feels it’s his time for a title shot.
“I said it before, I'll say it again: This is my show,” Rockhold said.
“No offense to Jacare, but I am the No. 1 contender. I'm the best guy around, and it's my title shot. I've dominated everyone in my path. I've beaten Jacare and I deserve it.”
The other prime candidate for a title shot would be Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, who submitted Chris Camozzi via armbar and Dana White made it clear he won’t be making a hurried decision.
“We’re in a position right now where we got two guys that looked unbelievable, who could fight for the title next… It’s a good problem to have,” said Dana White.
“Who knows how Luke’s going to feel after tonight. Who knows how Jacare’s going to feel after tonight. You feel good tonight, but when you go home, we’ll see how everything is, we’ll see how this thing plays out. We’ll see how Vitor vs. Weidman goes, and we’ll make a decision.”
The full card results were:
Luke Rockhold def. Lyoto Machida via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:31
Ronaldo Souza def. Chris Camozzi via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:33
Max Holloway def. Cub Swanson via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 3:58
Paige VanZant def. Felice Herrig via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
Beneil Dariush def. Jim Miller via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ovince Saint Preux def. Patrick Cummins via KO (punches) – Round 1, 4:54
Gian Villante def. Corey Anderson via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 4:18
Aljamain Sterling def. Takeya Mizugaki via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 2:11
Tim Means def. George Sullivan via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 3, 3:41
Diego Brandao def. Jimy Hettes via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Round 1, 5:00
Chris Dempsey def. Eddie Gordon via 29-28, 28-29, 29-28