Fight Night Pittsburgh Scorecard

  // Saturday’s UFC Pittsburgh event is in the books, and now that the dust has settled in Steel City, it’s time to go to the scorecard to see who the big winners were at PPG Paints Arena.1 – Luke Rockhold The most telling moment of Saturday’s main event came in the first round, when David Branch unleashed a series of flush punches on Luke Rockhold and the former middleweight champion refused to budge. It was a chin check that the Californian needed in his first fight following the loss of his title to Michael Bisping in 2016, and he passed the test with f ... Read the Full Article Here

On the Rise: Japan Edition

For the fifth time overall and the first time in two years, the UFC Octagon returns to the famed Saitama Super Arena for UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami.While the Friday night fight card features a handful of established names looking to move up the rankings in their respective divisions, the most intriguing element of this event are the collection of newcomers angling to turn their first appearance under the UFC banner into a breakthrough moment.Here’s a look at the talented trio.This is On the Rise: Japan Edition.Gohkan Saki Ready for war. #ufc pic.twitter.com/wusLSni6D5 &md ... Read the Full Article Here

Charles Rosa Looks To Break Familiar Pattern In Japan

Charles Rosa works out for fans and media at the UFC Gym on January 15, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)" align="center" />Charles Rosa’s UFC career has followed a familiar pattern, with every tough road assignment against a local favorite being followed by a stop in his hometown of Boston. Each of the “away games” has resulted in a loss, but has been accompanied by a Fight of the Night bonus, while the appearances at TD Bank Garden have yielded victories.But with no Boston date on the calendar before the end of the year, Rosa’s “ro ... Read the Full Article Here

Unfiltered Episode 130: Dominick Cruz

Former UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz calls in to talk to Matt and guest co-host Phoenix Carnevale about Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw at UFC 217, Bisping vs. GSP, whether he'd fight Demetrious Johnson again, super fights, in general, Jon Jones, USADA, and much, much more. Plus, Matt and Phoenix break down all the action from UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh. Dominick on Team Alpha Male messing with TJ's head going into UFC 217 Dominick wants a rematch with Cody Garbrandt for the UFC Bantamweight title Dominick on superfights as the thing to keep combat sports alive Dominick would ste ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Announces National Charitable Partnership with Miracle Flights

Las Vegas – UFC®, the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new national charitable partnership with Miracle Flights, the nation’s leading nonprofit health and welfare flight organization. Established in 1985, Miracle Flights provides free commercial air transportation to critically ill children in need of medical care far from home. “UFC athletes are some of the toughest in the world, but what happens inside the Octagon pales in comparison to the obstacles these children face on a daily basis,” UFC Senior Executive Vice Presiden ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch Fantasy Rewind

It was a long road back to the Octagon for former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, but he made the most of his return to action after putting away David Branch in the second round in their main event fight in Pittsburgh on Saturday night. Rockhold definitely got everything he could handle early, as Branch came out head hunting and looking for the early knockout. It appeared that Branch may have rattled Rockhold during one furious combination he unleashed in the opening round, but the California native survived and only got stronger as time ticked away on the clock. In the second round, R ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Pittsburgh Talking Points: Rockhold, Perry, Usman and more

Luke Rockhold is back! #UFCPittsburgh https://t.co/BT4VXBoUaY — FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 17, 2017 All before the main card even started, there was a Knockout of the Year candidate, a come-from-behind KO finish and a 24-second stoppage. The combat sports world seemed rightfully focused on one of the most marquee boxing matchups in recent memory Saturday night when Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez fought to a draw back in Las Vegas. But in the Steel City, Fight Night Pittsburgh delivered in a big way. Eight of the 10 fights ended with a finish and former middleweigh ... Read the Full Article Here

Uriah Hall, Gilbert Burns Start Pittsburgh With A Bang

Submission attempt!@TMartinMMA wraps up a NASTY Anaconda, but @OliAubin escapes! Wow! #UFCPittsburgh pic.twitter.com/x58FXzBpLK — #UFCPittsburgh (@ufc) September 17, 2017 AUBIN-MERCIER vs MARTINA strong start allowed lightweight prospect Olivier Aubin-Mercier to survive a late run by Tony Martin and win a three-round split decision in UFC Fight Night prelim action at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.The two struck on even terms for most of the opening frams, but four minutes in, Aubin-Mercier got a takedown and proceeded to land some ground strikes, accounting for the most significan ... Read the Full Article Here

Okami returns, faces OSP in Saitama main event

With former world champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua forced to withdraw from next week’s UFC Fight Night main event against Ovince Saint Preux due to injury, the promotion has called on longtime contender Yushin Okami to make his return to the Octagon to battle OSP in a five-round light heavyweight bout at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.Currently sporting a four-fight winning streak, the 36-year-old Kanagawa native has a remarkable 17-1 record in Japan, and he will looking to add an 18th victory when he faces Saint Preux, who is coming off a submission win over Marcos Rogerio de Li ... Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Pittsburgh Final Results

Who were the winners at Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch? Click below to get the results for all the fights at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Rockhold vs Branch | Perry vs Reyes | Lombard vs Smith | Gillespie vs Gonzalez | Usman vs Moraes | Ledet vs Anyanwu | Martin vs Aubin-Mercier | Hamilton vs Spitz | Jotko vs Hall | Saggo vs Burns Fight Night Pittsburgh main card Action starts at 10 pm ET   Luke Rockhold is back! #UFCPittsburgh https://t.co/BT4VXBoUaY — FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 17, 2017 Main event: Luke Rockhold def. Davi ... Read the Full Article Here

Rockhold Returns To Championship Form, Finishes Branch

ROCKHOLD vs BRANCHFormer UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold made a triumphant return to active duty Saturday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, as he scored a second-round stoppage of David Branch in his first bout since losing his title to Michael Bisping in June 2016.“I’m happy to get the win,” Rockhold said. “I wanted to take my time and be patient and he rushed the fight. He brought it and did what he had to do, and I did what I had to do. Now I’m coming for that belt.” Luke Rockhold is back! #UFCPittsburgh https://t.co/BT4VXBoUaY — FOX Sp ... Read the Full Article Here

Finish-Heavy Main Card Thrills The Steel City

PERRY vs REYESWelterweight “Platinum” Mike Perry wasn’t thrown off by a fight week opponent switch from Thiago Alves to Alex Reyes, as he knocked Reyes out in the first round of their UFC Fight Night co-main event at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh on Saturday. He even has an opponent in mind for his next bout.“I worked my butt off for this,” Perry said. “It was supposed to be Thiago in here. He ran from me, and now I think I deserve a top ten (opponent). Everybody wants to see me beat up Robbie Lawler.”Perry was clearly on the search for a knockout fro ... Read the Full Article Here

UFC makes Fresno debut in December

Save Mart Center will be the host for the UFC’s first event in Fresno, as an FS1-televised card hits California on Saturday, Dec. 9.   Tickets go on sale on Oct. 20.Stay tuned to UFC.com for fight card announcements. Read the Full Article Here

Fight Night Pittsburgh: Weigh-in Results

Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch, which is headlined by the middleweight bout between Luke Rockhold and David Branch, airs live on FS1 on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10pm ET from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 starting at 8pm ET / 5pm PT.Five round main event boutLuke Rockhold (185.5) vs. David Branch (186)FS1 Main Card – 10 pm ET/7 pm PTMike Perry (170.5) vs. Alex Reyes (167.5)Hector Lombard (186) vs. Anthony Smith (186)Gregor Gillespie (155.5) vs. Jason Gonzalez (156)Kamaru Usman (169.5) vs. Sergio Moraes (171)Justin Ledet (244.5) vs. Zu A ... Read the Full Article Here

David Branch plans to remind Luke Rockhold ‘of the situation he wants to put behind him so bad’

“It’s demoralizing, it’s not motivating. It’s demoralizing getting your butt kicked and getting knocked out in front of anybody, having memes made about you, having people think crazy things about you,” Branch said. “I know what it’s like coming off something like that, you want to prove yourself, you want to erase those demons that you have inside your mind. I want to remind him that those demons are very real and that those demons will visit and take him again.”   Read full article here. Read the Full Article Here

Luke Rockhold 'I’m not one of the best, I am the best'

As Luke Rockhold packed his bags for an early exit from South Florida last week, it was clear that even for one of the best fighters in the world, Mother Nature is not waiting around for him to finish his camp for this weekend’s bout against David Branch.And it’s in situations like this that it’s not just being able to fight that gets someone to the top of the sport; it’s being able to handle everything else around what happens on Saturday nights in the Octagon.“It’s part of the game, and you have to deal with everything,” said the former middleweight ... Read the Full Article Here

Don't tell Anthony Smith that he's made it

Hector Lombard of Cuba and Anthony Smith face off during the UFC Fight Night Weigh-in on September 15, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC)" align="center" />It was February 5, 2010. Anthony Smith was stopped at 4:35 of the third round by Jake Hecht in a bout at the Mid America Event Center, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Hecht was a good fighter who would go on to a three-bout run in the UFC. Smith left the venue that night with a 5-6 record and the assumption that the only way he was getting into a UFC event was with a ticket. The 21-year-old wasn’t deterred from his p ... Read the Full Article Here

David Branch: 'I've been on this stage before'

At Fight Night Pittsburgh open workouts, David Branch took a few moments to discuss his opponents, and what it's like to make his return to the UFC after six years away: In just his second fight back in UFC, @DavidcBranchMMA isn't starstruck and is treating Rockhold fight like any other. #UFCPittsburgh pic.twitter.com/3R2icYoRnv — Matt Parrino (@MattParrinoUFC) September 14, 2017 With Michael Jackson's "Thriller" pumping in the background, the crowd got a taste of why Branch is currently on an 11 fight winning streak: Next up here @ #UFCPittsburgh Open Workouts is @DavidcBranch ... Read the Full Article Here

Luke Rockhold still irked by Michael Bisping loss

“Yeah, I wasn’t necessarily healthy, but I think it comes down to the focus,” he said. “I forced the fight. I could have won that fight with very little, but I ran in, I left openings, I made mistakes and he definitely capitalized. He’s a tough guy. He’s by no means the best in the world, but he’s a tough guy. You have to realize that the best guys don’t always win in this sport.”   Read full article. Read the Full Article Here

Mike Perry: 'I scare these guys away'

UFC.com's Matt Parrino got in a few words with Mike Perry at the Fight Night Pittsburgh open workouts, where they discussed his status as a co-headliner for this event: It's validation for @PlatinumPerry to be fighting in co-main event of #UFCPittsburgh over names like Lombard and Usman. #respect pic.twitter.com/1Af4Q64LLc — Matt Parrino (@MattParrinoUFC) September 14, 2017 Perry was good natured about his last minute change in opponent, understanding that sometimes it's the nature of the fight business, but admitted maybe it's him: .@PlatinumPerry on opponent change: "I got to ... Read the Full Article Here