Was Luke Rockhold Calling Out Michael Bisping? Champ Isn't Sure

Luke Rockhold pushes David Branch up against the cage in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside the PPG Paints Arena

Branch submitted 4:05 into the period.

The fight was scheduled to go five rounds, but referee Dan Miragliotta had seen enough.

With that, Luke Rockhold was back in the win column and back in the title hunt. "I wanted to take my time and be patient". And I did what I had to do.

"I'm coming for that belt".

Rockhold (16-3) got double underhooks in on Branch with two minutes left in the second round, and crumpled Branch, a 35-year-old from The Bronx, to the ground.

Rockhold finishes Branch in Round 2!

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Rockhold, 32, absorbed punches from the aggressive Branch early on.

Rockhold will be fighting for the first time since last June, when his reign as middleweight champ was promptly ended by Michael Bisping.

"He came at me real hard", Rockhold said.

While Canelo-GGG ended in a somewhat freakish draw, the fights at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Pittsburgh weren't living it up to the judges. To be at my best, I'm patient, I'm precise. Rockhold suffered a knee injury while training for a fight against Jacare Souza in November.

After the fight, Rockhold hinted at a possible jump in weight class in the future. Rockhold, though, refused to say Bisping's name, instead talking about Georges St-Pierre. You want me to beat some sense in you? You don't belong here, you're gonna get crushed. He quickly got one hook in, and as Branch gave up his back, he began unloading heavy right hands from the top. Get out of this thing while you still can. Rockhold had both hooks in and worked to flatten Branch out while still landing bombs, before long, Branch tapped to the strikes. Rockhold reversed, and looked for a trip while Branch worked a wizard.