UFC Fight Night 116 is underway in Pittsburgh, and in the main event, former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold will take on former WSOF champ, David Branch.
The event’s results, and main card bout recaps, follow below.
Daniel Spitz def. Anthony Hamilton via KO (punches) R1, 0:24
Uriah Hall def. Krzysztof Jotko via KO (punches) R2, 2:25
Gilbert Burns def. Jason Saggo via knockout (punch) R2, 4:55
Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Tony Martin via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Justin Ledet vs. Zu Anyanwu
Ledet came out firing his crips jab and Anyanwu looked to find a home for his overhand right. Early on, Anyanwu gave Ledet pause for thought by winging big punches, but as the fight went on, the latter continued to pick away with his jab. Anyanwu came out chucking big shots in round three in search of a finish, but Ledet stayed light on his feet and countered with the jab. Competitive fight.
Justin Ledet def. Zu Anyanwu via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Kamaru Usman vs. Sergio Moraes
Usman planted a hard kick to the calf of Moraes early on, and floored him with a right hook. Moraes got back to his feet, but his left leg appeared to be compromised. Moraes winged some heavy punches Usman’s way, but the latter ended the fight with a booming right hand not long after. Impressive win for Usman.
Kamaru Usman def. Sergio Moraes via KO (punches) R1, 2:48
Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
Gonzalez came out gunning but Gillespie tagged with him an elbow that sent him to the mat. Gonzalez got back to his feet and the two started to trade crazy shots in the pocket. Gillespie starting turning to his wrestling, but Gonzalez hang tough and managed to plant punches of his own. Round two started with another fierce exchange, but Gillespie scored another takedown. Gillespie worked his way into an arm-triangle-choke, and after fighting the choke for several moments, Gonzalez had to tap. Fantastic scrap.
Gregor Gillespie def. Jason Gonzalez via submission (arm-triangle-choke) R2, 2:11
Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
Lombard, as per usual, threw heavy punches early on, while Smith worked kicks and punches from the outside. Lombard started firing in kicks as well. The former Bellator champ cracked Smith with a couple of big rights, and continued to batter his leg with kicks. In round two, Smith threatened with a flying knee that just missed the mark. Lombard clinched up later in the round, and worked Smith’s legs over with knees. Before the second round ended, Lombard went stumbling to the floor, possibly from being clipped. In between rounds, Smith asked Lombard if he knew his name yet…Smith tagged Lombard with a nice straight right. A few moments later, Smith blasted Lombard with a right hand that put him down. Wow. What a finish.
Anthony Smith def. Hector Lombard via TKO (punches) R3, 2:33
Mike Perry vs. Alex Reyes
Perry came out aggressively, of course, hunting with his big right hand. After they clinched up, Perry landed a thumping knee to the jaw of Reyes that ended the fight. Props to Reyes for taking a short notice fight against a bigger, dangerous dude.
Mike Perry def. Alex Reyes via KO (knee) R1, 1:19
Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
Branch came with big right hands early on and Rockhold countered with kicks. Not long in, Branch cracked Rockhold with several hard punches via a combo. Rockhold threatened with a flying kick late in the first round, and scored a takedown. Branch continued to pressure in round two, and initiated the clinch. Rockhold, once again, took Branch down and moved right into mount. Branch turned over and Rockhold proceeded to fire down blows from above. Branch eventually tapped out to the strikes.
Luke Rockhold def. David Branch via submission (punches) R2, 4:05