By Jeff Wagenheim
January 14, 2014
Luke Rockhold (right) got knocked out by this Vitor Belfort blow during their May bout in Brazil.
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That guarantees us observers nothing, of course. Fighters putting everything on the line are as likely to hold back as they are to let loose. But it doesn't take much on these nights to trigger something special. Sometimes a vision of the future -- a glorious one, not just the dim one they've feared -- can be the spark. Rockhold already has mentioned his goal of getting back in the cage with Belfort, and Philippou has respectfully called for a fight with Michael Bisping. The road in that direction passes through this Georgia night, and it's not wide enough for both of them.

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