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UFC Fight Night 116: Rockhold vs. Branch Results

UFC Fight Night 116: Rockhold vs. Branch Results

Usually, a win brings joy to a fighter, but Luke Rockhold could not wipe the mean off his mug after literally beating David Branch into submission in UFC Pittsburgh's main event.

"I'm ready to go, I have no injuries".

When Australian Robert Whittaker claimed the division's interim title in July, defeating Yoel Romero, fans were left expecting a title unification bout with England's Michael Bisping, who instead, will fight legendary welterweight Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217 in November. The American Kickboxing Academy representative was able to grab a hold of Branch however, and gain some respite to allow his head to clear. I'll be ready for November. Branch immediately went on the offensive and even caught Rockhold off balance with a stiff combination in the early exchanges.

Perry said the late change from Alves to Reyes did little to affect his focus. It was Rockhold's first victory since he defeated Chris Weidman at UFC 194 in December 2015 to claim the belt.

In the 15 months since that night, Rockhold has stewed.

Branch again came out the aggressor in the second, but Rockhold took him on in the grappling department with overwhelming success. Referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight at the 4:05 mark. And it's always better to use that microphone time to say what you want, rather than take the path of so many others and let Jon Anik know you'll fight whoever the UFC puts in front of you. Gonzalez got back to his feet and the two started to trade crazy shots in the pocket.

If you thought a win over a tough opponent was enough to satiate the festering wound in Rockhold's soul, you're wrong. That is that, but I've definitely enjoyed my life. "I came to UFC to be the champion". It was one of those improbable upsets that mixed martial arts sometimes throws your way just to keep you from getting too comfortable. But Perry wasn't convinced that was the only concern. Stepping up a weight class is not a big deal to me.

With the Saggo/Burns fight being moved, that means there is going to be no preliminary card fights streaming live on UFC Fight Pass. "I'm comfortable, and I'm excited to get in there and throw down with this guy". "So it's time to sideline the bulls**t and get back to work".