David Branch Ready To ‘Rumble’ With Luke Rockhold

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Former World Series of Fighting two-division world champion David Branch has a golden opportunity in front of him.

On Saturday (Sept. 16, 2017) night, Branch will headline a UFC Fight Night card in Pittsburgh, as he’s set to take on former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold in a five-round bout. If he can come out on top, Branch will undoubtedly put his name into the title mix at 185 pounds.

When the fight was announced, many labeled it as a mismatch despite the fact that Rockhold hasn’t competed since June 2016 when he was shockingly knocked out by champion Michael Bisping. Branch, on the other hand, returned to the UFC last May at UFC 211 where he scored a lackluster split-decision victory over Krzystof Jotko.

Regardless, Branch said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he’s ready to ‘rumble’ with Rockhold, and that he plans to win in a way that leaves no doubt in the minds of fans:

“I don’t like to think too far down the road, but the way that I want to win this fight and the way that I intend to win this fight, I think that there should be no doubt about it,” Branch said. “Because Luke was the former UFC middleweight champion. Everybody’s been saying for years, how would Branch do in the UFC? How would he do? … Okay, I won in the UFC against a top-10 guy (Jotko), that’s to answer everybody’s question.

“But now everybody is like, ‘Okay he won, but how is he going to do against an elite guy?’ What about that? Now this guy was a former champion? What the f**k else? This is a tough kid, that’s why I wanted to fight him. When I heard that I had the opportunity to fight him, I was like, ‘Hell motherf**king yes. Hell yes.’ This is the kind of fight that I f**king want to do right here and I’m going to be able to get it on, I’m going to be able to rumble with this kid because he’s going to want to bring it, and I’m going to bring it. And that’s the kind of fight that I know that he can’t beat me in.”

Do you think Branch has what it takes to score the upset, or will Rockhold simply be too much for the 35-year-old New York native?

  • Nassim Haramein

    Imagine The Counts laughter if Branch got lucky..

    • steven

      Call Bisping lucky if you want to. But that was a clean shot from an above average MMA boxer. You can argue that if disciplined and focused, Rockhold does not present that type of an opening. But the greater reality is this: he never recovered from the first shot. He stumbled, was pressured across the cage, driven to the mat, and finished off up against the cage. For a championship level fighter, with an elite chin, that was more than enough time for him to recover, stall, and get his wits back about him long enough to survive. I know LOWKICK hipsters do not like to consider, read, or think beyond a single sentence or the attention span of a sick flea…but this is precisely what happened to GSP against Serra. GSP accepted his limitation in this regard and never fought like that again. I know you will not read my reply because it is too long. BUT Invicta FC 25 featured an awesome fight between Sharon Jacobsen and Kali Robbins. Robbins was getting smoked in the stand up and was out on her feet. She was hip tossed to the ground while staggered. But when her back hit the canvas, she present enough to control both of Jacobsen’s wrists while Jacobsen was in full mount. In the space of a few seconds, that was enough of a stall for her to recover, and get offensive. Robbins earned the armbar tap literally just a few seconds after being pummeled on the feet and dropped on her back and neck. That is some serious chin and recoverability that Luke and GSP just don’t have. FIND LUKE’S CHIN. YOU WILL WIN. Bisping exposed him.

      • HeteroFriendly

        ” For a championship level fighter, with an elite chin, that was more
        than enough time for him to recover, stall, and get his wits back about
        him long enough to survive.”

        Not necessarily.

        You see great MMA fighters get caught with a shot they didn’t see coming or expect or prepared for for one reason or another all the time and never get a chance to catch their wits before its called off.

        Remember when Cain got caught with a hot one and completely melted? And then what he did the next two times no matter how hard Junior hit him. GSP/Italian guy?

        If that was the measure of bispings boxing, how come you’ve never seen him do that to anybody else his entire career.

        Bisping is good, but not good enough to pull that one off without rockhold setting it up himself.

      • Nassim Haramein

        Uhh.. Too many words not read yet. Believe you me, the Count now King is pure hilarity. Hysterical laughter l would share & may comedically outweigh the event of Rockholds return..Long the King.

    • HeteroFriendly

      Why would you imagine obnoxious things like that?

      Imagined it enough to say it,
      or to think that it sounds like an interesting thing to do.

      Are you british or something?

  • All_Seeing_Eye

    It’s MMA anything can happen. Bisping has closed some holes in his game, like circling into his opponents power. Bisping’s weak spot is when he gets cornered and his opponent unleashes a vicious flurry attack. That’s where he gets hurt. Even Wanderlie showed us that.