UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch
|UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch|
The poster for UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.
|Promotion||Ultimate Fighting Championship|
|Date||September 16, 2017|
|Venue||PPG Paints Arena|
UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch (also known as UFC Fight Night 116) was a mixed martial arts event produced by the Ultimate Fighting Championship held on September 16, 2017 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A heavyweight bout between Justin Ledet and Dmitriy Sosnovskiy was expected to take place at UFC Fight Night: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie. However, Ledet pulled out of the fight on January 26 alleging an undisclosed injury, and promotion officials elected to remove Sosnovskiy from the card. In turn, the UFC confirmed that Ledet was suspended for four months after testing positive for a banned substance. The fight was expected to take place at this event. Subsequently, Sosnovskiy was removed from the card on September 10 and was replaced by promotional newcomer Zu Anyanwu.
An August 19 event (originally expected to be UFC 215) had two announced bouts, including a welterweight bout between Mike Perry and former UFC Welterweight Championship challenger Thiago Alves, as well as a middleweight bout between former Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard and Anthony Smith. After the event was canceled, both fights took place at this event. In turn, Alves pulled out of the fight on September 13. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Alex Reyes.
A middleweight bout between Krzysztof Jotko and Uriah Hall was expected to take place at UFC Fight Night: Jędrzejczyk vs. Penne in June 2015. However, Hall was removed due to visa issues, and promotion officials elected to remove Jotko from the card as well. The fight took place at this event.
|Main Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Middleweight||Luke Rockhold||def.||David Branch||Submission (punches)||2||4:04|
|Welterweight||Mike Perry||def.||Alex Reyes||KO (knee)||1||1:19|
|Middleweight||Anthony Smith||def.||Hector Lombard||TKO (punches)||3||2:33|
|Lightweight||Gregor Gillespie||def.||Jason Gonzalez||Submission (arm-triangle choke)||2||2:11|
|Welterweight||Kamaru Usman||def.||Sérgio Moraes||KO (punch)||1||2:48|
|Heavyweight||Justin Ledet||def.||Zu Anyanwu||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)|
|Lightweight||Olivier Aubin-Mercier||def.||Tony Martin||Decision (split) (28–29, 29–28, 29–28)||3||5:00|
|Heavyweight||Daniel Spitz||def.||Anthony Hamilton||TKO (punches)||1||0:24|
|Middleweight||Uriah Hall||def.||Krzysztof Jotko||KO (punches)||2||2:25|
|Lightweight||Gilbert Burns||def.||Jason Saggo||KO (punch)||2||4:55|
The following fighters were awarded $50,000 bonuses:
- Fight of the Night: Gregor Gillespie vs Jason Gonzalez
- Performance of the Night: Mike Perry and Uriah Hall
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