Luke Rockhold burns arguably the greatest fighter ever following victorious return

Source Twitter @LukeRockholdRockhold cements contender status with win at UFC Pittsburgh WCN Staff

Usually, a win brings joy to a fighter, but Luke Rockhold could not wipe the mean off his mug after literally beating David Branch into submission in UFC Pittsburgh's main event. Rockhold has been out of action since UFC 199, when he was violently knocked out by Michael Bisping inside the first round. Branch pressed him up against the cage in response, slowing the action.

The middleweights started fast, Branch throwing punches and Rockhold returning fire with kicks before they clinched against the fence for a brief spell. If Branch can score an upset tonight, it will propel him right into the title shot mix. Shaking off the cobwebs, Rockhold steadied himself and began his own assault in the second round. After breaking, Branch found some success on the feet, tagging Rockhold with a number of punches as the former champ backpedaled. Rockhold reversed, and looked for a trip while Branch worked a wizard. With Branch unable to dislodge Rockhold, the referee ended the fight as Rockhold continued to rain down strikes. On the mat, Rockhold let his hands go, first from the mount and then as he took his opponent's back, and after a series of unanswered blows, Branch tapped out at the 4:05 mark of the second stanza.

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