LIVE on Fight Network – UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: Rockhold vs. Branch PRELIMS, ONE Championship: Total Victory
Setiembre 17, 2017, 11:51
After more than a year off, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold returned to the octagon with no signs of rust, making short work of David Branch with a second round TKO victory - and once again stated his intentions of making a quick turnaround and re-gaining his belt at Madison Square Garden in November.
"I'm ready to go, I have no injuries". Moraes winged some heavy punches Usman's way, but the latter ended the fight with a booming right hand not long after. Rockhold answered his aggression with some of his own in the second ground, where he grounded, mounted and eventually finished the Renzo Gracie-trained Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.
This fight against Rockhold was a reckoning for Branch. 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.
Ahead of Saturday's live PRELIMS, Fight Network will live broadcast the UFC FIGHT NIGHT PREFIGHT SHOW, featuring coverage from Pittsburgh from the industry's premier mixed martial arts analysts.
Branch (21-4) showed off his boxing prowess early, backing Rockhold up against the cage with an aggressive attack in the first round.
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". And, truth be told, Rockhold may be no closer to the rematch he desperately wants than he was before Saturday night. It was Perry's second consecutive victory. Rockhold managed to turn him moments later and dragged him to the mat before quickly taking full-mount. It was a chance to prove he belonged, that his career rebound was the real deal and not just the end result of facing lesser competition.
UFC welterweight Mike Perry dominated Alex Reyes, knocking out his opponent by a brutal knee to the head midway through the first round. You better back out, get out of this thing while you still can. Don't embarrass yourself 'GSP', just back out.
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).