Luke Rockhold beats David Branch, wants Georges St-Pierre next

Luke Rockhold beats David Branch, wants Georges St-Pierre next

Branch again came out the aggressor in the second, but Rockhold took him on in the grappling department with overwhelming success.

The former UFC middleweight champion defeated David Branch by TKO on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh.

"I wanted to wait for my timing", Rockhold said.

But is he the same Luke Rockhold, serious in the Octagon but embracing every bit of life outside of training camp?

Branch, who entered the fight ranked ninth in the division, took his first defeat since May 25, 2012, breaking an 11-bout unbeaten streak. Branch immediately went on the offensive and even caught Rockhold off balance with a stiff combination in the early exchanges.

He relentlessly hammered Branch with vicious ground and pound until he was left a broken man. Branch eventually tapped giving Rockhold the submission victory via strikes in the second round. Referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight at the 4:05 mark.

In the night's main event, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold returns to action against former two-division World Series of Fighting titleholder David Branch.

"I'm ready, and I was ready for the call. I'll be ready for November", Rockhold said.

On the preliminary card, No. 14 middleweight Uriah Hall came back from an ugly first round to knock out No. 10 Krzysztof Jotko. Rockhold suffered a knee injury while training for a fight against Jacare Souza in November.

The first round was up in the air, but the 32-year-old ensured there'd be no need for the judges' scorecards.

Also at welterweight, former All-American wrestler Gregor Gillespie grappled his way to a chokehold submission victory over Jason Gonzalez in the second round. Perry was originally scheduled to fight Thiago Alves, who backed out of the fight due to travel concerns related to Hurricane Irma.

"I worked my butt off for this", Perry said. But Perry wasn't convinced that was the only concern.

I apologize for the oversight. I'm not the type; I've got too much going on. Retired UFC contenders Kenny Florian and Yves Edwards work as studio desk analysts with host Karyn Bryant and reporter Heidi Androl conducting on-site fighter interviews. You want me to beat some sense in you?