Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch Fight Announced for UFC Fight Night in September

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2017

FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2015, file photo, Luke Rockhold rests between rounds as he fights Chris Weidman in a middleweight  championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 194 in Las Vegas. Dominick Cruz has hated Urijah Faber for years, and Luke Rockhold has a deep dislike for Michael Bisping. UFC 199 is personal for both Cruz and Rockhold, who want to embarrass the challengers for their championship belts Saturday at the Forum.  (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
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The UFC announced Saturday that Luke Rockhold would take on David Branch at the UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Sept. 16.

As Brett Okamoto of ESPN noted, that's the same night as Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez, one of the most anticipated boxing matches of the year.

Rockhold, 32, is looking to rebound after getting knocked out by Michael Bisping in June 2016 at UFC 199. That halted a five-match winning streak that included Rockhold claiming the UFC middleweight belt after defeating Chris Weidman at UFC 194 in December 2015.

Rockhold is 15-3 overall in his professional career, with injuries delaying his comeback to the Octagon following his loss to Bisping.

Branch (21-3), meanwhile, is on an 11-match winning streak and last beat Krzysztof Jotko at UFC 211 in May. The 35-year-old has climbed in the middleweight ranks and could put himself in the running for a title fight with a victory over Rockhold.

Certainly, Rockhold—currently ranked No. 3 among middleweight division contenders—could make himself an attractive figure for another title fight with a convincing win over Branch.

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