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NYC’s David Branch headlines UFC Pittsburgh Saturday

The Bronx native looks to defeat former champion Luke Rockhold Saturday night.

David Branch

PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 14: David Branch holds an open workout session for fans and media on September 14, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

David Branch is no stranger to main events, or the UFC octagon. Saturday night he looks to remind the UFC fans that when he faces former Middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold.

The top contenders will be featured as the main event of UFC Fight Night 116 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA this Saturday night.

“I want to put on an entertaining fight,” said Branch in an interview with “[I] want to put on an entertaining fight by finishing the fight. I enjoy finishing the fight, but sometimes it doesn’t happen. I’m usually very dominant in my fights and people don’t recognize how hard it is to dominate another professional athlete who’s trained all of those years. They don’t give you credit for that; they just want to see fireworks.”

Branch is a veteran in this sport. After making his professional debut a decade ago on the professional MMA card, Cage Fights 6, Branch headed north. From there he competed for New Jersey’s well-known promotion, Ring of Combat, then onto Bellator MMA before making his first appearance in the UFC octagon in 2010.

After being released by the promotion in 2011, Branch appeared in other leagues including Titan FC. It wasn’t until 2012 when he fought on World Series of Fighting 1 where he found his home for the next four years. From 2012 to his last fight with the promotion at WSOF 34 in December, Branch went on a 10-fight win streak earning the 185- and 205- pound titles.

The 35-year-old is now the former two-division champion for WSOF*. After retaining both of his titles late last year, Branch made his return to the UFC after six-years in May.

*WSOF is now known as the Professional Fighter League.

UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch

Main Card (Fox Sports 1)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
Welterweight Mike Perry vs. Alex Reyes
Middleweight Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
Lightweight Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
Welterweight Kamaru Usman vs. Sérgio Moraes
Heavyweight Justin Ledet vs. Zu Anyanwu

Preliminary Card (Fox Sports 1)
Lightweight Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Heavyweight Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
Middleweight Krzysztof Jotko vs. Uriah Hall
Lightweight Jason Saggo vs. Gilbert Burns

The preliminary card kicks off at 8 p.m. EST then continues to the main card at 10 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1.


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Kristine is a Managing Editor for as well as UFC/MMA Lead Writer. She also hosts a column known as Fighting Words.
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