Bout Pulled From UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh

Luke Rockhold UFC Fight Night 116 Rockhold vs. Branch Results Chris Huntemann

Luke Rockhold UFC Fight Night 116 Rockhold vs. Branch Results Chris Huntemann

And now that he's back, he's more determined than ever to get the title in his hands again, and following a camp with Henri Hooft in Florida, he feels that goal is in reach sooner rather than later.

The stage was set for the main event of UFC Fight Night 116.

In a recent appearance on MMAJunkie Radio, Rockhold called returning former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, who is scheduled to challenge the aforementioned Bisping for the middleweight strap at UFC 217 on November 4th, a "joke".

Lombard, as per usual, threw heavy punches early on, while Smith worked kicks and punches from the outside. He pressed Rockhold against the fence momentarily.

Branch, who entered the fight ranked ninth in the division, took his first defeat since May 25, 2012, breaking an 11-bout unbeaten streak. In other featured action, Stefer Rahardian (5-0) battles Sim Bunsrun (3-3) at flyweight, Alain Ngalani (2-3) meets Hideki Sekine (7-1) at heavyweight and Yago Bryan (3-2) takes on Roy Doliguez (6-4) in another flyweight encounter.

He relentlessly hammered Branch with vicious ground and pound until he was left a broken man. Branch eventually tapped giving Rockhold the submission victory via strikes in the second round. Branch submitted 4:05 into the period.

After spending over a year on the sidelines due to injuries and fights failing through, Rockhold stepped back inside the Octagon in Pittsburgh on FOX Sports 1 vs. the former two-division World Series of Fighting champion. "And I'm not one of the best, I am the best, and I deal with it the best".

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

UFC officials felt there wasn't enough time to find a suitable replacement for Sanders to fight, which is why he was pulled from the card as well. After pinning his opponent up against the cage, he brought proceedings to the ground, transitioned to full mount and took his back. It was Perry's second consecutive victory. Bisping beat Rockhold from pillar to post, stripping the belt from Rockhold's clutches.

"I worked my butt off for this", Perry said. I'm not the type; I've got too much going on. His last UFC fight before that was 2011.

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