Last Updated: 2017-09-13
UFC Fight Night 116 on Saturday night in Pittsburgh features Luke Rockhold taking on David Branch. Rockhold is 15-3 in his career, including 5-2 in the UFC, while Branch is 21-3, including 3-2 in the UFC. This bout is one of six on the main card that can be seen on FS1. There are also four prelims on FS1 and one on UFC Fight Pass. Let’s look at the event with a focus on Rockhold vs. Branch and the co-main event between Mike Perry and Thiago Alves.
UFC Fight Night 116 takes place on Saturday, September 16 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There are six fights on the main card on FS1 featuring Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch and there are five fights on the preliminary card, with four on FS1 and one on UFC Fight Pass.
Luke Rockhold -450 vs. David Branch (rounds 2.5 over -130)
Rockhold is a former UFC middleweight champion, while Branch is a former WSOF champion. This will be the first fight for Rockhold since he lost the middleweight title to Michael Bisping in June of last year. Rockhold has big time power and rarely do his fights last long. He has 13 career wins by stoppage and nine of those came in the first round. Rockhold has seven submission wins in his career.
Branch has been rolling along, winning his last 11 fights, as he has not lost since May of 2012. All three of his UFC fights have gone to decision. Branch hasn’t fought nearly the level of competition that Rockhold has fought but Branch is coming off a good win against Krzysztof Jotko.
Rockhold is a powerful striker and he has excellent submission skills. His only weakness is a weak chin. That weakness shouldn’t be an issue here because Branch is likely going to try and win this fight on the ground. It is hard to see Branch doing enough on the ground to beat Rockhold, but the price is really high. I would lean toward taking the rounds to go under.
Mike Perry -150 vs. Thiago Alves
Perry is 10-1 in his career, including 3-1 in the UFC. He has a lot of power, as all of his 10 wins have been by knockout with six coming in the first round. Alves is 22-11 in his career, including 14-8 in the UFC. This will be his 22nd UFC welterweight bout, the fourth-most in history.
It is getting harder and harder to take Alves, who simply is not the fighter he once was. Perry has a ton of power and he should have a good chance to land a big blow and end this one early. I will take Perry to get the win.
Main Card (FS1)
Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
Mike Perry vs. Thiago Alves
Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
Kamaru Usman vs. Sergio Moraes
Justin Ledet vs. Zu Anyanwu
Preliminary Card (FS1)
Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Uriah Hall
Luke Sanders vs. Felipe Arantes
Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Jason Saggo vs. Gilbert Burns