UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh

Tickets went on sale to the general public today for the UFC’s third event to be held in Pittsburgh, PA -UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh

UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh

The Main Event – UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh

Headlining the card is a middleweight scrap featuring former titleholder Luke Rockhold, who is making his return to the octagon for the first time since his stunning upset loss of the belt to Michael Bisping at UFC 199 in June 2016, and David Branch.

Rockhold won his first UFC title in December 2015 with his TKO of the then undefeated Chris Weidman. That fight was a highpoint of Rockhold’s career, but that highpoint was short-lived. While preparing to defend his newly acquired belt in a rematch against Weidman, an injury to Weidman required the UFC to begin looking for a short-notice replacement. That replacement came in none other than Michael Bisping, who made quick work of Rockhold in a stunning, first round knockout that shocked the MMA world.

Branch comes into this fight on a huge, 11 fight win streak. Most of those wins come in the World Series of Fighting promotion, however, Branch made his UFC return in May and earned a split decision against Krzysztof Jotko, who will also be on this card. Branch had a four fight run perviously in the UFC from 2010-2011, going 2-2 during those four fights. Branch now has a career 3-2 UFC record and 22-3 overall MMA record.

The Co-Main Event -UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh

Thiago Alves will make his 23rd UFC appearance as his is pitted against Mike Perry. Alves was once considered the top of the heap in the welterweight division, but since his UFC 100 title shot loss to Georges St. Pierre, he has been very average, sporting a 5-5 record since that loss. Alves flirted with a drop to lightweight against Jim Miller at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden, but after missing weight badly, made the smart decision to return to the welterweight division. He is coming off of a unanimous decision victory over Patrick Cote at UFC 210 in April.

Perry is considered a force in the welterweight division. He has a 3-1 UFC record and 10-1 MMA record, with his lone blemish coming a couple fights ago against Alan Jouban, a decision loss. Every other fight in his career has been a KO or TKO win. His power is undeniable at this weight and he is young (25) and only getting better.

Hector Lombard will likely be getting his final shot to turn things around in the UFC, as the long-time veteran is on a very bad run and age is catching up with him. The thirty-nine year old has seen much better days in his MMA career. After going 31-2 outside of the UFC, his days since joining the UFC in July 2012 have not shown the same fruits. After going 3-2 in his first five UFC contests, he has gone on a very bad run. A win against Josh Burkman was overturned when he tested positive for steroids in January 2015. After serving his suspension, he returned in March 2016 to get knocked out by Neil Magny, returned three months later to get knocked out by Dan Henderson and most recently lost a unanimous decision to Johny Hendricks.

Here is a look at the entire fight card schedule, as it currently stands:

UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh Complete Fight Card

  • Luke Rockhold (15-3) vs. David Branch (21-3)
  • Mike Perry (10-1) vs. Thiago Alves (26-11)
  • Hector Lombard (34-7-1, 2NC) vs. Anthony Smith (27-12)
  • Anthony Hamilton (15-7) vs. Daniel Spitz (5-1)
  • Krzysztof Jotko (19-2) vs. Uriah Hall (13-8)
  • Kamaru Usman (10-1) vs. Sergio Moraes (12-3-1)
  • Justin Ledet (8-0-0, 1NC) vs. Dmitriy Sosnovskiy (10-0)
  • Gilbert Burns (11-2) vs. Jason Saggo (12-3)

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