The last time Luke Rockhold was seen inside the Octagon in the UFC was in June 2016, crestfallen after losing the weight belt-medium (up to 83, 9 kg) to Michael Bisping ICS zebras in the history of MMA. Fifteen months later, the American finally returns to the world’s most famous Octagon this Saturday in Pittsburgh, in the main event of the event. On the other side of the cage, will be another ex-champion, but the competing World Series of Fighting Organization (WSOF): David Branch, the current ninth placed in the category ranking in Ultimate.
Little has changed in 15 months when he was away from the cage Rockhold. He went on to split your workouts between the American Kickboxing Academy, in which team came to Strikeforce and UFC titles, and the Hard Knocks 365, coach Henry Hooft. The long time dealing with injuries and contract negotiations, however, have not changed the enormous trust of Rockhold. In the loss to Bisping, the American was accused of belittling other rival. Now, despite the series of 11 consecutive victories of Branch, including the conquest and defense of two belts (Middleweight and light heavyweight weight-up to 93 kg), the fighter back saying that the opponent is not at your level. Remember that your teammate Michael Johnson made similar error in loss to Justin Gaethje, Rockhold ensured that the situations are different.