Luke Rockhold burns arguably the greatest fighter ever following victorious return

Source Twitter @LukeRockholdRockhold cements contender status with win at UFC Pittsburgh WCN Staff

Usually, a win brings joy to a fighter, but Luke Rockhold could not wipe the mean off his mug after literally beating David Branch into submission in UFC Pittsburgh's main event. "And I'm not one of the best, I am the best, and I deal with it the best". "The man who fights the fights that count other than some poser up there running away with the belt". Rockhold answered his aggression with some of his own in the second ground, where he grounded, mounted and eventually finished the Renzo Gracie-trained Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt.

"I've enjoyed my life", Rockhold said.

Rockhold (16-3) took Branch to the ground in the second round and established top control, hammering blows on Branch's head and neck. Branch employed heavy pressure, did all he could to capitalize - FightMetric showed him outlanding the favorite by a 36-19 margin in the first round - and seemed to have the Californian reeling with a flurry of power punches inside the first five minutes.

But is he the same Luke Rockhold, serious in the Octagon but embracing every bit of life outside of training camp?

And now that he's back, he's more determined than ever to get the title in his hands again, and following a camp with Henri Hooft in Florida, he feels that goal is in reach sooner rather than later. Referee Dan Miragliotta stopped the fight at the 4:05 mark. Since then, it's been a waiting game filled with injuries, rumors, and more waiting. And it's always better to use that microphone time to say what you want, rather than take the path of so many others and let Jon Anik know you'll fight whoever the UFC puts in front of you. "The kudos go to my opponent, who took the fight on three days' notice". It was one of those improbable upsets that mixed martial arts sometimes throws your way just to keep you from getting too comfortable. "It was supposed to be Thiago in here, but he ran for me". The two stood up and battled to a bloody, non-stop stalemate in the first before Gillespie prevailed on the mat.

Ledet came out firing his crips jab and Anyanwu looked to find a home for his overhand right.

Rockhold's second-round TKO win over David Branch was nothing to write home about.

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