The top of the billing for UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch saw the former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold get back in the saddle with a second round TKO of the WSOF’s former two-division champion David Branch. Rockhold had to overcome some early adversity, as Branch was on with his boxing combinations in the opening round. Rockhold adjusted, and found the takedown in the second frame, and ultimately transitioned to the back, where he poured on the G & P to get the finish.
Check out Eddie Mercado's play-by-play of Luke Rockhold’s finish of Dave Branch:
Rd.2- Branch starts the second round with aggression again, with Rockhold looking to light up the leg with kicks. Branch lands a clean body kick, prompting Rockhold to clinch up. Rockhold grabs the Thai clinch and lands a mean knee to the body, before working for the takedown. Rockhold finally gets the takedown, and moves right to full mount. Branch gives up his back, and Rockhold rains down ample ground strikes. Rockhold is not letting up with the ground and pound, and Branch is failing to improve his position. The referee is warning Branch to do something more, and has no choice but to step in and stop the fight.
Luke Rockhold def. David Branch by TKO at 4:05 of round 2