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Was Luke Rockhold Calling Out Michael Bisping? Champ Isn't Sure

Kristopher Love | 17 September, 2017, 09:38

Tonight should be a fight fan's delight, because on top of UFC Fight Night 116, which takes place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh with a Luke Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs.

Branch, meanwhile, returned to the UFC this past May and recorded a split decision win over fellow contender, Krzysztof Jotko. I rushed the fight last time (against Bisping).

Rockhold, 32, absorbed punches from the aggressive Branch early on. That led the jiu-jitsu-trained Rockhold to take him to the ground. It was Rockhold's first fight since losing the middleweight belt to Michael Bisping by a first-round knockout at UFC 199 in Los Angeles on June 4, 2016.

Should GSP not make the walk to fight the champion, Rockhold will undoubtedly be ready to step in as a replacement, especially considering interim champion Robert Whittaker will be out with an injury.

Fight Network, the world's premier 24/7 multi-platform channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents three live mixed martial arts events this weekend, highlighted by the live prelims for UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: Rockhold vs. Branch on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET. Rockhold opted against surgery for a torn ACL, instead choosing stem cell treatment to speed his recovery.

"GSP, I don't know what I need to do, you want me to beat some sense into you?" Rockhold said. "You don't belong here". You better back out, get out of this thing while you still can.

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.