Fear not UFC Fans, the Promotion is Returning Hot & Heavy in September

Yes, this is one of the longest layoffs between UFC cards in recent memory. And for those that love sitting down each and every Saturday night and taking in the action, it probably feels like an eternity. But with Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather set for next weekend, the UFC is planning a strong push once the […]

Yes, this is one of the longest layoffs between UFC cards in recent memory. And for those that love sitting down each and every Saturday night and taking in the action, it probably feels like an eternity. But with Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather set for next weekend, the UFC is planning a strong push once the […]

Luke Rockhold Slams David Branch & “Chump” Michael Bisping

Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is a man who is clearly on a mission ahead of his return from injury Rockhold will make his first appearance inside the octagon since his knockout loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 199 in June 2016. Rockhold, still clearly seething at that loss, must make it past a […]

Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is a man who is clearly on a mission ahead of his return from injury Rockhold will make his first appearance inside the octagon since his knockout loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 199 in June 2016. Rockhold, still clearly seething at that loss, must make it past a […]

Luke Rockhold on David Branch: ‘I’m Ready to Kick His Ass’

Luke Rockhold isn’t known for mincing words and he isn’t about to start now. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title holder is set to take on David Branch inside the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The bout is set to headline UFC Fight Night 116. Rockhold hasn’t competed since June 2016. It was […]

Luke Rockhold isn’t known for mincing words and he isn’t about to start now. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title holder is set to take on David Branch inside the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The bout is set to headline UFC Fight Night 116. Rockhold hasn’t competed since June 2016. It was […]

Luke Rockhold Claims David Branch ‘Questions Himself’

Luke Rockhold doesn’t think David Branch has the best of confidence in his ability as they approach their UFC Fight Night 116 main event clash. Rockhold was previously on a five fight win streak that concluded with him winning the UFC bantamweight championship against Chris Weidman via fourth round knockout in the co-main event of […]

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Luke Rockhold doesn’t think David Branch has the best of confidence in his ability as they approach their UFC Fight Night 116 main event clash.

Rockhold was previously on a five fight win streak that concluded with him winning the UFC bantamweight championship against Chris Weidman via fourth round knockout in the co-main event of UFC 194 back in December of 2015. He lost his first title defense against Michael Bisping in June of last year after being knocked out in the first round and has not been seen inside the Octagon since due to an injury.

Branch is currently on an 11 fight win streak and hasn’t lost in mixed martial arts (MMA) competition since May of 2012. He made a successful return to the UFC back in May as he defeated Krzysztof Jotko via split decision. Now Rockhold and Branch are set to meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 116 in September, and the former UFC champ recently joined The MMA Hour to discuss his Octagon return.

Rockhold said that he believes Branch questions himself inside the cage – something you can’t allow at this level of the game (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“Branch is a good fighter, I think he just questions himself,” Rockhold said. “You can’t question yourself at this level.

“I’m going to eat him up. I’m going to push him to that breaking point, and he’s going to feel the pressure. He can’t keep up with me. You can’t think you’re going to do something. You have to know. I see Branch, he questions himself. He’s good everywhere, he’s a third-degree black belt, he’s a decent boxer, but there’s questions in his head, and it’s time for me to go make those a little more doubtful as the rounds go on.”

Currently the middleweight division is in a bit of an odd spot with UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping expected to defend his title against the returning former UFC welterweight king Georges St-Pierre this November in New York. That fight has gone through a bit of a rollercoaster itself as of late, but despite both Bisping and St-Pierre claiming the fight is on, Rockhold still believes it’s possible that it falls out again:

“It obviously doesn’t sit well,” Rockhold said when asked for his opinion on how things have played out. “We’ll see what happens. Nothing’s official until it’s official, so we’ll see. Who knows at this point? Georges has been for a long time.

“There’ll be a fight in November, we just don’t know who. You never know if it’s Georges. Who knows if Georges is going to make a fight? At this stage, all the things he’s been through, you can’t expect that he’s going to show up to that date. His body might fail, his mind might fail. There’s a lot of things you can question with Georges.

“I can only control what’s ahead of me, and that’s Sept. 16. I’m going to go do my job and put myself in line.”

Although he is still a proud member of the American Kickboxing Acadamy (AKA), which features former champions such as Daniel Cormier and Cain Velasquez, Rockhold said he is expected to begin his camp for branch in Florida with with Henri Hooft:

“I’m starting things out here,” Rockhold said. “I think it’s nice to get a change and to mix things up. Always keep growing and keep learning. Things are a little stale back home, I have some family things and it’s nice to get away and just clear your head for a bit. So I’m going to start my camp out here, and maybe I’ll bounce back and finish off.

“A lot of guys (at AKA) are injured right now,” Rockhold added. “Cain is still injured and DC is obviously taking some time off, and some other guys are astray, I’d say. So, my relationship here with Henri Hooft and the team is good, everybody knows I’ve been training out here for quite some time, there’s a lot of good guys my size. So I’ve got to do what’s best for me right now, and Javier and Bob Cook and Cormier, they’re always going to be in my corner. So this just is what it is right now.”

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Luke Rockhold Questions David Branch’s Confidence Ahead of UFC Fight Night 116

Luke Rockhold feels David Branch doesn’t fully trust his abilities. On Sept. 16, Rockhold will return to action to face Branch in the main event of UFC Fight Night 116. The two are set to meet inside the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’ll be Rockhold’s first bout since June 2016. During a recent appearance […]

Luke Rockhold feels David Branch doesn’t fully trust his abilities. On Sept. 16, Rockhold will return to action to face Branch in the main event of UFC Fight Night 116. The two are set to meet inside the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’ll be Rockhold’s first bout since June 2016. During a recent appearance […]

Luke Rockhold’s UFC Return Is Finally Set

It’s been over a full year since we last saw former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold compete when he was shockingly knocked out by current champion Michael Bisping in the first round of their late replacement bout at June 2016’s UFC 199. Rockhold was then scheduled to face old foe Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, whom he […]

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It’s been over a full year since we last saw former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold compete when he was shockingly knocked out by current champion Michael Bisping in the first round of their late replacement bout at June 2016’s UFC 199.

Rockhold was then scheduled to face old foe Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza, whom he won the Strikeforce middleweight championship from, last November, but a knee injury forced him out. Since then, Rockhold has largely remained out of the limelight, healing from the knee injury and biding his time.

And when he did choose to finally speak out, it was against his employers at the UFC, against whom he said his fellow middleweights should organize a strike after the supremely skilled 185-pound fray was in a state of confusion due to Bisping chasing a bout with former welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and nursing his own knee injury.

Rumors of a bout with rising contender Gegard Mousasi swirled, but those ultimately fell by the wayside when “The Dreamcatcher” left the UFC and signed with Bellator MMA.

So Rockhold’s return was left in limbo; that is, until this evening (Sat., July 22, 2017) when the promotion announced that Rockhold will return against former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) middleweight and light heavyweight champion David Branch in the main event of UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh on September 16, 2017 from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Rockhold was in attendance at UFC on FOX 25 from Uniondale, New York, and made an appearance when his fight was announced:

So the former champion will finally return after a long layoff as he attempts to climb back to a shot at the belt he held briefly. However, it’s safe to wonder just how far a win over Branch, who only recently returned to the UFC and is justifiably ranked well below the No. 3-ranked Rockhold.

A bout against recent interim title challenger Yoel Romero was also rumored for Rockhold’s return, but clearly couldn’t be negotiated. Is it a good idea for Rockhold to take what many feel will be a “tuneup” fight in his return, or will Branch prove that the former champ has actually signed on for a lose-lose-proposition?

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