"I found my focus and found my health and those are the keys to the game", he said. Perry was originally scheduled to fight Thiago Alves, who backed out of the fight due to travel concerns related to Hurricane Irma.
The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS from Pittsburgh on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET will feature a collision between lightweights Tony Martin (12-3) and Canada's Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2), Anthony Hamilton (15-7) fights Daniel Spitz (5-1) in a heavyweight tilt, No. 10-ranked middleweight Krzysztof Jotko (19-2) faces No. 14-ranked Uriah Hall (13-8), while bantamweights Luke Sanders (11-1) and Felipe Arantes (18-7-1, 2NC) open the telecast.
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.
Branch put the pressure on immediately. And Branch caught him with a few solid punches, solid enough that it was easy (in the moment) to see a big-time upset unfolding before our eyes. But Perry wasn't convinced that was the only concern.
In the 15 months since that night, Rockhold has stewed.
This fight against Rockhold was a reckoning for Branch. The American Kickboxing Academy representative was able to grab a hold of Branch however, and gain some respite to allow his head to clear.
But Rockhold survived, and then came the second round, and then came the old Luke Rockhold.
Kamaru Usman, the No. 13 welterweight, knocked out Sergio Moraes with a straight right hand to the jaw in the first round.
Ledet came out firing his crips jab and Anyanwu looked to find a home for his overhand right.
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.
I apologize for the oversight. 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. "You want me to beat some sense into you?" Chris Weidman is coming off a fantastic win over a top middleweight in Kelvin Gastelum, and more importantly, Weidman is a local New York boy.
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