Luke Rockhold lost his UFC Middleweight Championship to Michael Bisping in his last outing, and he’ll try and get back in the win column by beating David Branch at UFC Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Rockhold and Branch will be headlining the card, which is a free event provided you have access to Fox Sports 1. The card begins with preliminary bouts at 8 p.m. ET and then continues with the main card at 10 p.m., both on FS1. Live streaming can be had online at Fox Sports GO for both the prelims an the main card.
Since joining the UFC as the former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion, Rockhold has lost just twice: To Vitor Belfort in his debut and to Bisping in his last outing. He’s also beaten Bisping once before, and owns wins over Lyoto Machida and Chris Weidman on top of that.
He’s fought only the best, and Branch, while successful in his UFC debut against Krzysztov Jotko in May, has a long way to earn that kind of respect. Branch does own some quality wins in his career, beating Yushin Okami and Vinny Magalhães en route to a 21-3 record, but Rockhold will be his toughest test yet.
The card also features Hector Lombard, who has struggled since joining the UFC. He’s lost his last three fights, to Neil Magny, Dan Henderson and Johny Hendricks. Those are some of the best in the company, but he needs to get back in the win column against Anthony Smith on Saturday.
Mike Perry, a 10-1 fighter, was originally expected to face Thiago Alves on the card. Alves was pulled from the card, however, and Perry will instead face promotional newcomer Alex Reyes. A strong preliminary card also features the aforementioned Jotko against the tough Uriah Hall.
Below is all you need to know to watch on Saturday, as well as the full official fight card.
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How to watch UFC Pittsburgh
Time: Prelims at 8 p.m.; main card at 10 p.m.
Location: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Penn.
TV: Fox Sports 1
UFC Pittsburgh full fight card
FS1 Main Card
Middleweight: Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
Welterweight: Mike Perry vs. Alex Reyes
Middleweight: Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
Lightweight: Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
Welterweight: Kamaru Usman vs. Sérgio Moraes
Heavyweight: Justin Ledet vs. Zu Anyanwu
F1 Preliminary Card
Lightweight: Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Heavyweight: Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
Middleweight: Krzysztof Jotko vs. Urijah Hall
Lightweight: Jason Saggo vs. Gilbert Burns