Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Luke Rockhold and UFC Fight Night 116's other winning fighters?

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Former champ Luke Rockhold returned to the UFC middleweight title contender mix on Saturday when he put a thorough beating on David Branch in the UFC Fight Night 116 main event.

Rockhold’s (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) ground game was far too much for Branch (21-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) to handle in the FS1-televised headliner, which took place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. He battered his opponent with strikes for the second-round stoppage, putting Rockhold back in the queue of 185-pound contenders.

The finish in the main event concluded a main card where five of six fights ended inside the distance. Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), Anthony Smith (27-13 MMA, 4-2 UFC), Gregor Gillespie (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Kamaru Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) all stopped their opponents in exciting fashion, while Justin Ledet (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) was alone in winning on the scorecards.

After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC Fight Night 116’s winning fighters.

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Justin Ledet

Should fight: Dmitriy Sosnovskiy
Why they should fight: In what was arguably the most forgettable bout on the card, Ledet made a successful return from a lengthy layoff with a split-decision victory over short-notice UFC newcomer Zu Anyanwu.

Ledet essentially jabbed his way to a win on the scorecards, giving him a win that pushed him to 3-0 in the UFC heavyweight division. Ledet has shown flashes of brilliance in his fights, but his performance against Anyanwu did not provide much excitement for his next trip to the octagon.

Perhaps Ledet deserves a bit of slack for having to change to a new opponent on short notice. Because of that, he should get the fight he was originally intended for against Sosnovskiy (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The pair has already been booked to fight twice, but each time it’s fallen through. It’s possible it’s time to just move on from the fight, but given they’ve already trained to face off so many times, it would be interesting to see how it plays out.

Kamaru Usman

Santiago Ponzinibbio

Should fight: Santiago Ponzinibbio
Why they should fight: Usman has been nothing short of sensational since making his UFC debut, and Sergio Moraes was the next victim in his run toward the top of the welterweight division, courtesy of a first-round knockout.

Usman made some bold statements about where he sees himself among the contenders at 170 pounds, and he’s already taken aim at current champion Tyron Woodley. He’s not going to get that fight next, but if he continues to knock people out in a similar fashion to Moraes, it won’t be long until he’s fighting for UFC gold.

By adding dangerous striking to his already existing standout wrestling game, Usman is evolving into a threat on multiple levels. There aren’t many who will be capable of stopping his game, but Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) could be equipped to handle it.

The Argentinian is riding the second-longest UFC winning streak in his division behind Usman following his knockout of Gunnar Nelson at UFC Fight Night 113 in July, and a matchup between the two streaking fighters could have a big impact on the future of the weight class.

Gregor Gillespie

Vinc Pichel

Should fight: Vinc Pichel
Why they should fight: Highly regarded lightweight prospect Gillespie had another promising performance early in his career when he submitted Jason Gonzalez in the “Fight of the Night.”

Gillespie improved his record to 10-0 when he came out on the top of a back-and-forth war by submitting Gonzalez with an arm-triangle choke in the second round. “The Gift” has strong wrestling and improving striking, and at 30, still has a lot of upside as someone to watch at 155 pounds.

Gillespie’s first three UFC performances have come against opponents with limited UFC experience. It’s time for that to change, and Pichel (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is someone who has been around the promotion for several years on top of appearing on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series.

Pichel is riding a three-fight winning streak with his most recent octagon appearance being a first-round knockout of Damien Brown at UFC Fight Night 110 in June. If he could hand Gillespie his first loss, he would make a big statement that he’s not going to be pushed around by anyone with hype.

Anthony Smith

Uriah Hall

Should fight: Uriah Hall
Why they should fight: The second coming of Smith in the UFC took another memorable step forward when “The Lionheart” scored yet another come-from-behind knockout victory, this time at the expense of Hector Lombard.

After falling behind on the scorecards in the middleweight fight, Smith landed a fight-ending combination of strikes to extend the former Bellator champ’s losing skid to four fights. Smith said prior to the bout that he needed to get past Lombard to prove his worth, and he did just that.

Smith was arguably released prematurely during his first UFC stint in 2013. He’s put together a 4-1 run since coming back this past year, and his maturity is evident. Smith should be in for another noteworthy fight, and Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) fits the description.

Hall scored a massive knockout win of his own against Krzysztof Jotko on the preliminary card, helping him bounce back from a three-fight drought. “Primetime” is a lethal striker when he’s on, and if he shows up on point, Smith would surely have his hands full.

Mike Perry

Thiago Alves

Should fight: Thiago Alves
Why they should fight: Perry did his job against an overmatched short-notice replacement when he scored a 79-second knockout of UFC newcomer Alex Reyes.

Originally meant to fight Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC), “Platinum” had no hesitation in taking another matchup when the former UFC title challenger pulled out on three days’ notice. Perry delivered another violent finish due to strikes, and afterward he called out former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler to a future matchup.

Perry deserves credit for aiming high, but it’s likely much bigger fights are in Lawler’s immediate future. Because of that, rebooking the showdown with Alves seems much more realistic. It still makes sense despite Perry’s win, and facing “The Pitbull” still represents the most high-profile fight of his career.

Luke Rockhold

Should fight: Yoel Romero
Why they should fight:
Watch the video above to see why Rockhold should fight Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Justin Ledet was not amused by his UFC-Pittsburgh win being scored a split decision

Justin Ledet won what appeared to be a one-sided fight against Zu Anyanwu at UFC Fight Night 116. But when octagon announcer Bruce Buffer announced the scores after the fight went the distance, Ledet seemed shocked to hear the first judge score it for Anyanwu.

That shock did not appear to dissipate even after the next two judges scored the fight for Ledet, giving him the win via split decision.

In fairness, Ledet (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) did dominate most of the fight, picking Anyanwu (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) apart from distance and taking very little damage in response. By the end, Anyanwu’s face displayed plenty of evidence of Ledet’s skill, and his body language as he waited for the decision was not that of a man who felt like he might have won.

If anything, Ledet’s facial expressions only mirrored what many in the audience must have been feeling, as the announcement was met with scattered boos despite the right man being named the winner.

But even as his hand was raised, Ledet seemed to be wondering the same thing the rest of us were – what fight was that judge watching?

For more on UFC Fight Fight 116, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Pittsburgh results: Justin Ledet jabs his way past Zu Anyanwu

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Justin Ledet kept his punches tight, once again flashing an impressive jab in a 15-minute contest with UFC newcomer Zu Anyanwu.

The heavyweight matchup kicked off the FS1-televised prelims of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

The two heavyweights kept their hands cocked to open, both men looking for striking opportunities. As they pumped out jabs, Ledet proved the quicker man, while Anyanwu covered and tried to find a home for the big right. Ledet certainly outworked his opponent, but Anyanwu seemed comfortable with that pace while he hoped to set up the big counter.

The pace of the contest remained moderate, at best, with Ledet flashing out crisp strikes from range. Anyanwu didn’t seem bothered by the blows but also wasn’t able to fire back anything of value. While his power was evident, Anyanwu simply couldn’t land flush and was instead forced to eat a steady stream of jabs.

Down on the cards, Anyanwu turned up the heat in the third, pressing forward and throwing his big right with more frequency. Ledet stuck to the quick jab, busting up Anyanwu’s face and keeping him at range. The crowd reacted more to Anyanwu’s haymakers, but Ledet was the one landing the effective blows, sticking with crisp boxing techniques. Anyanwu showed well in a short-notice appearance, but the result seemed certain, even if Ledet had to wait through a somewhat shocking split-decision result.

Justin Ledet (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) remains undefeated, while Anyanwu (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) sees a five-fight winning streak snapped.

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UFC Fight Night 116 staff picks: The most lopsided event in our history with 5 unanimous nods

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The UFC returns to Pittsburgh this week, and the main card features the most lopsided staff picks in our history.

UFC Fight Night 116 takes place Saturday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, and it airs on FS1.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) returns for the first time since losing his belt to take on former two-division WSOF champ David Branch (21-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC). Rockhold is more than a 5-1 favorite, and he’s one of five unanimous picks this week from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

In the co-feature, Mike Perry (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) takes on Alex Reyes (12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a welterweight fight. Reyes stepped up on three days’ notice when Thiago Alves pulled out earlier this week. Not surprisingly, Perry is getting a 10-0 nod against Reyes, who will be making his UFC debut.

The other unanimous picks on the main card are 5-1 favorite Gregor Gillespie (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) over Jason Gonzalez (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in their lightweight fight, 7-1 favorite Kamaru Usman (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) over Sergio Moraes (12-2-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) in their welterweight bout, and 4-1 favorite Justin Ledet (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) over short-notice fill-in Zu Anyanwu (14-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at heavyweight.

The only fight that isn’t unanimous from our pickers is the middleweight bout between former Bellator champion Hector Lombard (34-7-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and Anthony Smith (27-12 MMA, 3-2 UFC). The fight is a virtual pick’em at the online sports books, but it still is a blowout from our staff members, who are taking Smith at an 8-2 clip over Lombard, who doesn’t have an official win since 2014.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Rockhold, Perry, Lombard, Gillespie, Usman and Ledet are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 116, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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In-depth main-card breakdown: 'UFC Fight Night 116: Rockhold vs. Branch'

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MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of UFC Fight Night 116’s main-card bouts.

UFC Fight Night 116 takes place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. The main card airs on FS1 following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

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Luke Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC)

Luke Rockhold.

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’3″ Age: 32 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 77″
  • Last fight: Knockout loss to Michael Bisping (June 4, 2016)
  • Camp: Combat Club (Florida)
  • Stance/striking style: Southpaw / Kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ Former UFC middleweight champion
+ Strikeforce middleweight title
+ Black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu
+ 5 KO victories
+ 8 submission wins
+ 10 first-round finishes
+ Consistent pace and pressure
+ Good distance management
+ Accurate check hook
+ Solid kicking variety
^ Dangerous liver kicks
+ Strong inside of the clinch
+ Underrated wrestling ability
+ Works well from front-headlock
+ Superb transitional grappler
^ Floats, rides, advances to back
+ Effective ground striker
^ Devestating elbows
+/-1 fight in 15 months

David Branch (21-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC)

David Branch.

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’1″ Age: 35 Weight: 185 lbs. Reach: 81″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Krzysztof Jotko (May 13, 2017)
  • Camp: Renzo Gracie Academy (New York)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox / Boxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ WSOF middleweight title
+ Black belt Brazilian jiu-jitsu
+ 5 KO victory
+ 7 submission wins
+ 5 first-round finishes
+ Consistent pace and pressure
+ Good footwork
^ Sticks and moves well
+ Solid boxing technique
^ Accurate left hand
+ Excellent kick counters
+ underrated takedown ability
+ Strong inside the clinch
+ Superb transitional grappler
^ Intelligent defense and fundamentals
+ Works well from front-headlock
^ Slick chokes and transitions
+/-2-1 against UFC southpaws

Summary:

The main event for Pittsburgh features a matchup of top middleweight talents when Luke Rockhold and David Branch do battle.

Returning for the first time in 15 months, we have not seen Rockhold since he lost his middleweight title to Michael Bisping last summer. Since then, the former champ has retooled his approach as he looks to make another run toward the top.

Seeking to stomp out that narrative is Branch, a former UFC middleweight contender who has come back with a vengeance since his multi-divisional run with WSOF. Currently No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, Branch could crack more than just the top five should he score the upset.

Starting off standing, we have a matchup between a dynamic southpaw striker and slick, stick-and-move stylist. Whether we are talking about Rockhold’s liver kick, counter cross or check-hook he keeps at the ready, he packs all the weapons that southpaws arguably should have.

Using every inch of his long frame, Rockhold is typically the one dictating the striking range in his fights. Prodding with jabs and moving well behind powerful kicks, Rockhold will chip away at his opposition until creating openings for his opportunism to shine.

However, it is worth noting that Rockhold has moved shop (or at least added to it) since his last time out. Now, spending a majority of his training camp working with Henri Hooft in South Florida, we could very well see considerable changes to his game. And given the Dutch style pressure-fighting that Hooft offers, I suspect those changes will be positive additions to Branch’s game.

Nevertheless, Rockhold still has a deceptively dangerous task ahead that he will need to take seriously.

Branch’s resume says Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, but the Brooklyn native has been boxing for some time. Staying light, yet loaded, on the feet, Branch does a good job of sticking and moving in and out of boxing range, particularly as the fight goes on.

When feeling in stride, Branch will begin to pick up his volume and amplify what is already an accurate left hand. In fact, I believe that Branch’s left hook may be the punch worth watching for.

As we saw in Rockhold’s last fight, his propensity to slip heavily to his left gets him out of the way from right hands nicely, but it also creates a hard counter balance that is the resetting of his head position, as this motion feeds directly into oncoming left hooks.

Should Branch create similar angles or reactions, he could also come up big, or at the very least, create doubt in the returning champion’s psyche. Still, this is all easier said than done, as Branch’s boxing stance and style may present targets of their own for Rockhold’s low-to-high kicking attacks.

With each man having paths to victory over the other standing, this matchup could come down to the action generated from the clinch. Both fighters are strong defensively and offensively inside of this space, but given their history, I suspect Branch may be the one looking for takedowns –– especially if the rounds are close.

The problem – in my opinion – with forecasting takedowns in either direction, is that they are both killers from the front-headlock position. Each fighter favors floating to the back, but neither has an issue locking up submissions from here, using their legs or arms just the same.

Traditional takedown entries aside, there are plenty of other ways for this fight to hit the floor. And since it is hard to see one man submitting the other soberly, the obvious answer is that the fighter in top position will have the edge in ground stanzas.

Despite Branch typically being the guy who is bucking for top position in his fights, I am not sure his offensive wrestling will outweigh Rockhold’s counter wrestling in the grand scale of things.

Fully utilizing his long, athletic frame, Rockhold demonstrates a solid sense of hips, levers and how to use them in his favor. Floating smoothly on top while displaying the limb dexterity of a featherweight, Rockhold starts to resemble a giant squid engulfing a ship by the time he hits the mount position.

Though Branch has the defense and overall skills to contend with his fellow black belt, I have a sneaky suspicion things could get ugly for him should he get caught in autopilot.

According to the betting lines, Rockhold is favored at least four-to-one to beat Branch. Regardless of my pick, I am not so sure I sign off on the margin above, as I see Branch having a much better chance to win than the odds indicate.

Even on his worst nights, Branch can turn long stretches of into deceptively competitive affairs. Coupled with Rockhold’s return from a long layoff and inherently opportunistic style –– and we may end up with a much closer fight than many are projecting. Still, the pick is Rockhold to dictate striking range, explore with pressure and possibly spark a finish near the fence off of a corralling head kick.

Official pick: Rockhold inside the distance

Official outcome: To be determined

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for 'UFC Fight Night 116: Rockhold vs. Branch'

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 event, which features a middleweight headliner between former UFC champion Luke Rockhold and former two-division WSOF titleholder David Branch.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 116 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 116 takes place Saturday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, and it airs on FS1 following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

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Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch

Records: Luke Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), David Branch (21-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Past five: Rockhold 4-1, Branch 5-0
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: Rockhold No. 4, Branch No. 7
Odds (as of 9/10/17): Rockhold -440, Branch +350

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Thiago Alves vs. Mike Perry

Records: Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC), Mike Perry (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Past five: Alves 3-2, Perry 4-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None

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Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith

Records: Hector Lombard (34-7-1 MMA, 3-5 UFC), Anthony Smith (27-12 MMA, 3-2 UFC)
Past five: Lombard 1-3 (one no-contest), Smith 4-1
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None

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Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez

Records: Gregor Gillespie (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Jason Gonzalez (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC)
Past five: Gillespie 5-0, Gonzalez 4-1
Division: Lightweight
Rankings: None

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Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman

Records: Sergio Moraes (12-2-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC), Kamaru Usman (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC)
Past five: Usman 5-0, Moraes 4-0-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Usman honorable mention

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Zu Anyanwu vs. Justin Ledet

Records: Zu Anyanwu (14-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Justin Ledet (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Past five: Anyanwu 5-0, Ledet 4-0 (one no-contest)
Division: Heavyweight
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DWCS winner Zu Anyanwu gets short-notice fill-in spot at Saturday's UFC Fight Night 116

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Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 main card has a late change.

UFC officials today announced Zu Anyanwu (14-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a recent winner at Dana White’s Contender Series 1, has stepped in to replace injured Dmitriy Sosnovskiy (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and now meets fellow heavyweight Justin Ledet (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 116 takes place Saturday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh. Most of the card, including Anyanwu vs. Ledeir main-card opener, airs on FS1 following an early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.

Anyanwu’s camp first announced the fight and posted a cool video of the announcement in his gym (via Twitter):

The Pennsylvania-based Anyanwu, a longtime CFFC fighter, will fight close to home in his UFC debut. At DWCS 1, he scored a second-round knockout win over vet Greg Rebello, which marked the 36-year-old’s fifth straight victory and his seventh win in eight fights going back to 2015. He has eight knockouts and two submissions in 14 career wins.

He takes on Ledet, a 28-year-old former collegiate basketball plater who signed with the UFC in 2016. He’s since picked up a decision win over Chase Sherman and a submission victory over Mark Godbeer, which earned a “Performance of the Night” bonus.

The latest UFC Fight Night 116 card includes:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch
  • Thiago Alves vs. Mike Perry
  • Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith
  • Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez
  • Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
  • Zu Anyanwu vs. Justin Ledet

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
  • Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
  • Uriah Hall vs. Krzysztof Jotko
  • Felipe Arantes vs. Luke Sanders

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC FIGHT PASS, 7:30 p.m. ET)

  • Gilbert Burns vs. Jason Saggo

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