Luke Rockhold Makes David Branch Tap To Strikes

Don Wright for USA TODAY Sports

Luke Rockhold is back, but his fight with David Branch wasn’t easy.

The stage was set for the main event of UFC Fight Night 116. Former UFC middleweight champion Rockhold went one-on-one with former two-division WSOF title holder David Branch.

Branch put the pressure on immediately. He pressed Rockhold against the fence momentarily. A combination landed for Branch and he dumped Rockhold to the mat. Rockhold recovered and the two broke off. A right hand landed for Branch and he kept the pressure on.

Rockhold tied up Branch in the clinch and got a takedown. He couldn’t get much action going and Branch easily took round one.

Rockhold threw some kicks in the beginning of the second stanza. Branch caught a kick and landed a right hand. Rockhold held his opponent against the fence. He was able to take Branch down and moved to mount. He dropped some ground-and-pound. Branch tapped from the barrage of stoppage.

Final Result: Luke Rockhold def. David Branch via submission (strikes) – R2, 4:05

  • All_Seeing_Eye

    Branch hurt him early on, he should have just kept pouring it on.
    Branch obviously needs a better ground game, he was basically defenseless when it hit the ground.

    • S├ębastien Poitras

      So a Renzo Gracie black belt in BJJ is not enough for you?

      • All_Seeing_Eye

        Branch got dominated on the ground did he not? That shows big room for improvement.
        A good BJJ black belt wouldn’t have let Luke jump to full guard in 2 seconds when he went down.

        • deepgrim

          I dont know, rockholds ground game is amazing, strikes and submissions he is the total package on the ground, i remember him battering boetsch and machida been impressed, but i couldnt believe it when he was able to do it to chris weidman so easily. Rockhold must have very heavy hips too.

    • Draven

      Branch couldn’t do anything on the ground because Rockhold had full mount and Branch wasn’t able to escape or do much.