Rockhold will be fighting for the first time since last June, when his reign as middleweight champ was promptly ended by Michael Bisping. The talented fighter was scheduled to face “Jacare” Souza last fall, but Rockhold was sidelined with a knee injury. So, if Rockhold hopes to fight for the 185 title anytime soon, a win today is a must.
Branch, meanwhile, returned to the UFC this past May and recorded a split decision win over fellow contender, Krzysztof Jotko. If Branch can score an upset tonight, it will propel him right into the title shot mix.
Recently the UFC posted the video below, which features both men weighing in on tonight’s bout.