At UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh, we get to see the return of one the Middleweight division’s most outspoken and talented individuals in Luke Rockhold as he goes up against former WSOF Champion David Branch.
Luke Rockhold (-450) Vs. David Branch (+350)
Rockhold has been a bit of an anomoly from the other members of the UFC Middleweight division. Rockhold’s hate for UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping has been on display since he lost his belt to him in June of 2016. He makes rather harsh but somewhat fair points about how he’s treating his title run. Rockhold has been saying that Bisping isn’t doing what a champion should be doing. For example, for Bisping’s first title defense, he didn’t fight the number one contender and instead fought a former foe on his way out the sport in Dan Henderson. He has also spoken about his displeasure with Bisping taking the GSP fight instead of fighting Robert Whittaker (Whittaker needs surgery). In the shadows of this division lies a dangerous foe in David Branch who is the Former WSOF Light Heavyweight and Middleweight Champion. Branch has only had one UFC fight since relinquishing his title’s and it was a rather unimpressive split decision finish against Krzysztof Jotko. Even Branch himself said that he was disappointed with himself for that fight. While Rockhold still has that special power that only people are born with and cannot really be taught, I do not think that gets put on display on saturday. Rockhold has been out of the game for over a year and is also doing this training camp away from his usual place in the American Kickboxing Academy, this time training with Henri Hooft in South Florida. I still think he takes the victory, however I see Branch putting up a good fight. Luke Rockhold Def. David Branch
Thiago Alves was supposed to fight Mike Perry in the co-main event, however a few hours ago (Sept 13) he pulled out of the fight. the UFC is looking for a replacement for Alves to keep Perry on the card.
Hector Lombard (-109) Vs. Anthony Smith (-111)
Smith is a rising prospect in the Middleweight Division taking victories over impressive foes such as Andrew Sanchez and Elvis Mutapcic. Winning three of four in this most recent UFC run, “Lionheart” Smith is looking for a monster performance against former Cuban Olympian Hector Lombard. Lombard is coming off of 3 straight losses against Johny Hendricks, Dan Henderson and Neil Magny. I think that Lombard was on ‘roids before USADA came in and that is why I think he lost three straight, I also think that is why it will soon be four straight. Anthony Smith Def. Hector Lombard
Gregor Gillespie (-380) Vs. Jason Gonzalez (+315)
This fight is a showcase fight on cable TV for Gregor Gillespie. In his last fight, Gillespie knocked out Andrew Holbrook in 21 Seconds and before that he had an impressive victory against Glaico Franca. Gonzalez is also a striker/wrestler and seems to be outmatched in talent level, but he can also help provide a War of a battle in case his chin holds. I think that the UFC is giving Gillespie Gonzalez as an opponent because of these reasons and I think that the UFC’s promotional gamble will pay off and Gillespie will win in either a great fight or by brutal KO. Gregor Gillespie Def. Jason Gonzalez
Kamaru Usman (-600) Vs. Sergio Morales (UNL)
Kamaru will win. That is all. Kamaru Usman Def. Sergio Morales
Justin Ledet (-355) Def. Zu Anyanwu (+290)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (-128) Def. Tony Martin (+108)
Daniel Spitz (UNL) Def. Anthony Hamilton (-190)
Krzysztof Jotko (-190) Def. Uriah Hall (+165)
Luke Sanders (-225) Def. Felipe Arantes (+190)
Gilbert Burns (-125) Def. Jason Saggo (+105)