Former UFC Middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is set to make his return to the Octagon.
Rockhold will face former World Series of Fighting Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion David Branch in the main event at UFC Fight Night 116 which is set to take place in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The UFC announced the bout, along with several others during the UFC’s live broadcast of UFC on Fox 25 this past Saturday night.
Rockhold (15-3, 5-2 in UFC) hasn’t competed since losing the Middleweight title to Michael Bisping in June of 2016. Prior to that, Rockhold had reeled off five straight wins including a third round TKO victory over former champion Chris Weidman to win the belt.
Branch (21-3, 3-2 in UFC) most recently re-signed with the UFC after winning 10 in a row under the World Series of Fighting banner, winning and defending the promotion’s Middleweight and Light heavyweight titles. In his first fight back inside the Octagon, Branch defeated Krzysztof Jotko via split decision in May. Under the WSOF, Branch defeated notable names such as Clifford Starks, Dustin Jacoby, Paulo Filho, Vinny Magalhaes and Ultimate Fighter winner Jesse Taylor.
UFc Fight Night 116 is scheduled to take place on September 16 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The UFC officially announced six other bouts for the card:
- Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
- Krzysztof Jotko vs. Uriah Hall
- Kamaru Usman vs. Sergio Moraes
- Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo
- Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
- Justin Ledet vs. Dmitrii Smoliakov.