UFC Fight Night 116: Rockhold vs. Branch Results

UFC welterweight Mike Perry dominated Alex Reyes, knocking out his opponent by a brutal knee to the head midway through the first round. "The kudos go to my opponent, who took the fight on three days' notice". Bisping was an afterthought.

Most obviously, the injection of Rockhold back into the division could bring more confusion to an already crowded title picture.

Of course, mixed martial arts is a weird and unpredictable thing. Branch eventually tapped out to the strikes. But Perry wasn't convinced that was the only concern. He's grown bitter, and who can blame him? Assuming the title is defended in quick fashion, then Rockhold will likely face a top contender like the loser of Bisping/GSP or Yoel Romero in a title eliminator in 2018.

"Sometimes, I've got to watch what I say, because I scare these guys away", Perry told MMA Junkie. Rockhold managed to turn him moments later and dragged him to the mat before quickly taking full-mount. But now, at least he put a scratch back in the win column.

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Luke Rockhold punched David Branch into submission on Saturday to win the main event at UFC Fight Night 116.

After his hand was raised, Perry made sure fans - and UFC matchmakers - knew who he wanted in his next matchup. The former Bellator champ cracked Smith with a couple of big rights, and continued to batter his leg with kicks. As evidenced in his fight with Weidman, Rockhold skills on the ground are formidable even against accomplished grapplers.

But Rockhold survived, and then came the second round, and then came the old Luke Rockhold. Journal Media does not control and is not responsible for the content of external websites. That led the jiu-jitsu-trained Rockhold to take him to the ground.

After the fight, Rockhold took the opportunity to send a message to St-Pierre. "You better back out", Rockhold. "Don't embarrass yourself GSP, back out". Rockhold does his best when he's able to utilize his long frame in the center of the canvas and unleash with powerful combinations. "I did enough for Thiago and that was going to be it". Yeah. That won't happen. St. Pierre will be returning from a nearly four-year retirement, while Bisping hasn't fought since October.

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So Rockhold will go on being unhappy.

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.

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