UFC Fight Night 116 will take place Saturday, Sept. 16 from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Headlining the event is a middleweight matchup between former UFC champion Luke Rockhold and former two-division World Series of Fighting champion David Branch.
Rockhold comes into the bout following a 15-month hiatus, last competing at UFC 199 in June 2016. He was looking to defend his middleweight title that night, just seven months after winning it, but was defeated by Michael Bisping in one of the more stunning upsets in company history. Prior to his loss to Bisping, Rockhold had won five straight — including a win over Bisping less than two years removed from his eventual loss. Rockhold has victories over Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Tim Kennedy and Ronaldo Souza.
While Rockhold has managed to make a name for himself in the UFC, Branch is now looking to do the same. Having returned for a second stint with the UFC earlier this year, Branch is riding an 11-fight winning streak spanning all the way back to November 2012. He’s only lost three times in his professional career, twice doing so in the UFC in 2010 and 2011. His only other defeat came at the hands of Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who twice fought for the UFC light heavyweight championship.
Results for the event can be found below.
Preliminary card (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
- Jason Saggo def. Gilbert Burns via KO (Round 2, 4:55)
- Uriah Hall def. Krzysztof Jotko via KO (Round 2, 2:25)
- Daniel Spitz def. Anthony Hamilton via TKO (Round 1, 0:25)
- Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Tony Martin via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
Main card (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
- Justin Ledet def. Azunna Anyanwu via split decision (29-28 x 2, 28-29)
- Kamaru Usman def. Sergio Moraes via KO (Round 1, 2:48)
- Gregor Gillespie def. Jason Gonzalez via submission (Round 2, 2:11)
- Anthony Smith def. Hector Lombard via TKO (Round 3, 2:33)
- Mike Perry def. Alex Reyes via KO (Round 1, 1:19)
- Luke Rockhold def. David Branch via TKO (Round 2, 4:05)