He may be headlining the next UFC – UFC Fight Night 35 on January 15 – but even Costa Philippou had humble beginnings in the minor leagues. In fact, if you watch the following video closely, you can even see the Long Island native working out some of the kinks in his striking-centric game.
The event is Ring of Combat 34, which took place in Atlantic City, N.J. on February 4, 2011. The opponent? None other than TUF star Uriah Hall. It’s also worth noting that at the time of this event, these two were considered the best stand-up fighters in the Northeast scene.