The pairing was revealed during the UFC on Fox 25 broadcast
Saturday night. UFC Fight Night 116 takes place at the PPG Paints
Arena in Pittsburgh on the same day as the boxing match between
Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin. The card will be televised on
Fox Sports 1.
Rockhold hasn’t competed since relinquishing the middleweight crown
in a shocking knockout loss to Michael
Bisping at UFC 199. Prior to that, the American Kickboxing
Academy product put together a five-bout winning streak that
included triumphs over Chris
Machida and Bisping. The former Strikeforce champion owns a
15-3 career record, with 13 wins coming inside the distance.
Branch, meanwhile, enters the showdown on an 11-fight winning
streak. The former World Series of Fighting two-division champion
returned to the Octagon for the first time in more than six years
at UFC 211, where he captured a split verdict over Jotko. The
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu product is 21-3 over the course of a career
that began in 2007.