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Constantinos Philippou brought the momentum of rising contender Tim Boetsch to a screeching halt with his third-round technical knockout victory over "The Barbarian" at UFC 155, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Dec. 29, 2012. Immediately after his victory, Philippou told media members he believes he is 185-pound Top 10 material.
In one of the more surprising results from UFC 155, Constantinos Philippou declared his arrival as a contender in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight division with a third-round technical knockout of the surging Tim Boetsch on the pay-per-view (PPV) portion of the Las Vegas, Nevada, event.
With the win over the highly ranked Boetsch, "Costa" believes he is now deserving of a place among the Top 10 fighters in the world at 185-pounds.
"I don't really know [where I stand in the division]," Philippou told media members at the UFC 155 post-fight press conference. "But I should be a top-10 right now, at least."
Philippou and Boetsch exchanged leather, takedowns and ground-and-pound over the course of their riveting affair.
It was at the midway point of the third round when Philippou capitalized on a dazed Boetsch by getting on top of "The Barbarian" and firing away with punches until referee Kim Winslow had no choice other than to stop the fight.
The 33-year-old Serra-Longo Fight Team product is now, to steal a quote from UFC President Dana White, "in the mix" with top middleweight contenders such as Michael Bisping, Vitor Belfort, Chris Weidman and Yushin Okami.
The Cyprus-born fighter has not earned a title shot yet, but with five consecutive Octagon victories he is on the cusp of claiming No. 1 contender status in 2013 if he continues on his current successful path.
After by far the biggest victory of his 21-fight mixed martial arts (MMA) career, Philippou doesn't care who he competes against next -- he is more than happy to leave that decision up the UFC matchmakers.
"Whoever they decide that I have to fight I'm more than willing to fight."