The main event has been set for the upcoming UFC Fight Night: Pittsburgh card as #3 Luke Rockhold is in action against #9 David Branch.
Rockhold (15-3-0) is competing for the first time since he lost the UFC Middleweight Title to Michael Bisping at UFC 199. Rockhold first won the UFC Middleweight Championship when he defeated Chris Weidman by fourth round TKO at UFC 194 in December 2015. Rockhold was also the final Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, defeating Ronaldo Souza to win the belt at Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Kharitonov in September of 2011.
Branch (21-3-0) is currently undefeated in his second run with the UFC, having defeated Krzysztof Jotko by split decision at UFC 211. Branch was also a double champion in the World Series Of Fighting, as he had held the promotion’s middleweight and light heavyweight titles. Branch won two of four fights in his first run with the UFC, with those two victories coming over the duo of Tomasz Drwal and Rich Attonito.
UFC Fight Night: Pittsburgh takes place on Saturday, September 16 from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with Luke Rockhold and David Branch headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on Fox Sports 1.