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Luke Rockhold Wins but Stays in Middleweight Shadows

Luke Rockhold Wins but Stays in Middleweight Shadows”

Fight Network's live telecasts of UFC FIGHT NIGHT®: Rockhold vs. Branch and ONE Championship: Total Victory are available exclusively in Canada, while Combate Americas: El Grito en La Jaula will be live broadcast in Canada and over 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. I wanted to see that preparation unfold. Bisping beat Rockhold from pillar to post, stripping the belt from Rockhold's clutches.

His career can be summarized in two easy parts: There was the David Branch who washed out of the UFC on his first go-round, and then there's the new David Branch who went out and found himself and became the best middleweight on Earth not fighting in the UFC.

UFC welterweight Mike Perry dominated Alex Reyes, knocking out his opponent by a brutal knee to the head midway through the first round. That led the jiu-jitsu-trained Rockhold to take him to the ground. After they clinched up, Perry landed a thumping knee to the jaw of Reyes that ended the fight.

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

A little over a minute into the second, Branch initiated a clinch and pushed Rockhold against the cage. "I think anybody in this sport, once I get on top of them, they're not going to last long". Rockhold doesn't consider St. Pierre a legitimate contender for the title and said he'll stay ready to fight in November if the Canadian former champ backs out.

Gregor Gillespie had the lone true submission win of the night, locking in an arm-triangle choke to defeat Jason Gonzalez in the second round. It was one of those improbable upsets that mixed martial arts sometimes throws your way just to keep you from getting too comfortable.

I apologize for the oversight.

"I'm coming for that belt", he said. 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.

On the preliminary card, No. 14 middleweight Uriah Hall came back from an ugly first round to knock out No. 10 Krzysztof Jotko.

"GSP, I don't know what I need to do, you want me to beat some sense into you?"



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