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Bout Pulled From UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh

Bout Pulled From UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh

On Saturday night in Pittsburgh, ex-UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold finally rebounded from his June 2016 loss to Michael Bisping, finishing former two-weight WSOF champ David Branch with grounded strikes in the second round of the UFC Fight Night 116 main event. "And I'm not one of the best, I am the best, and I deal with it the best. I'll be ready for November", Rockhold said.

Rockhold (16-3) took Branch to the ground in the second round and established top control, hammering blows on Branch's head and neck. Branch eventually tapped to the storm of shots. Branch employed heavy pressure, did all he could to capitalize - FightMetric showed him outlanding the favorite by a 36-19 margin in the first round - and seemed to have the Californian reeling with a flurry of power punches inside the first five minutes.

After getting one back in the win column, a panting Rockhold had a clear message to Georges St-Pierre, the welterweight great set to take on his arch nemesis Bisping for the 185 lb strap next. Branch submitted 4:05 into the period. It was Perry's second consecutive victory. And, truth be told, Rockhold may be no closer to the rematch he desperately wants than he was before Saturday night.

Should GSP not make the walk to fight the champion, Rockhold will undoubtedly be ready to step in as a replacement, especially considering interim champion Robert Whittaker will be out with an injury. Rockhold, once again, took Branch down and moved right into mount.

On Alves pulling out of the fight at the last minute: "Sometimes, I've got to watch what I say, because I scare these guys away".

"You better get out of this thing while you still can". He'll scowl and glower over a loss that he won't get to revenge.

Ledet came out firing his crips jab and Anyanwu looked to find a home for his overhand right.

Which, come to think of it, might be a real bad thing for the rest of the UFC's middleweight division.

But first, Combate Americas presents a nine-bout fight card for Mexican Independence Day tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET from Redlands, Calif., headlined by a featherweight matchup between Jose "Froggy" Estrada (3-1) and Izic "Lionheart" Fernandez (2-3).