Rockhold will face the former two-division
World Series of Fighting champion in the
UFC Fight Night 116 main event this Saturday at the PPG Paints
Arena in Pittsburgh. There, they will flesh out their places in a
weight class that has grown in depth and quality in recent years.
Rockhold has compiled a 5-2 record inside the Octagon. The
32-year-old Santa Cruz, California, native and longtime
American Kickboxing Academy representative boasts 13 finishes
among his 15 professional victories, having established himself as
one of the most dynamic offensive fighters in mixed martial
Now more than a decade into his career, Rockhold has amassed his
share of intriguing statistical data:
0: Appearances in 2017. Rockhold has not competed
since he surrendered his middleweight crown in an upset loss to
Bisping at UFC 199 on June 4, 2016. By the time he steps in the
cage against Branch, he will have been inactive for one year, three
months and 12 days.
2: Brazilian jiu-jitsu world championships on his
resume, one as a blue belt, the other as a no-gil purple belt.
Rockhold won both titles in 2007.
3: Wins over current or former UFC champions.
Rockhold has beaten Bisping, Chris
Weidman and Lyoto
Machida. None saw the final bell against him in those
67: Percentage of takedowns Rockhold has
successfully defended since joining the Ultimate Fighting
Championship roster in May 2013. Only Weidman managed to take him
down, doing so three times in their UFC 194 encounter.
131: Total strikes by which Rockhold has outlanded
his opponents in seven UFC appearances.
175: Days spent as the UFC middleweight champion.
Rockhold’s reign ranks as the third shortest in Ultimate Fighting
Championship history. Only Dave Menne (105
days) and Evan Tanner
(119 days) spent less time on the 185-pound throne.