Rockhold cements contender status with win at UFC Pittsburgh

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The two-hour UFC FIGHT NIGHT PRELIMS from Pittsburgh on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 8:00 p.m. ET will feature a collision between lightweights Tony Martin (12-3) and Canada's Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2), Anthony Hamilton (15-7) fights Daniel Spitz (5-1) in a heavyweight tilt, No. 10-ranked middleweight Krzysztof Jotko (19-2) faces No. 14-ranked Uriah Hall (13-8), while bantamweights Luke Sanders (11-1) and Felipe Arantes (18-7-1, 2NC) open the telecast. "And I'm not one of the best, I am the best, and I deal with it the best". The time away has helped me align myself with what I really want, and I want a lot more from this game and I know I can give a lot more. Rockhold doesn't consider St. Pierre a legitimate contender for the title and said he'll stay ready to fight in November if the Canadian former champ backs out. I'll be ready for November. "So, we'll see what happens", added Rockhold, before suggesting that he would be willing to step in and replace St-Pierre on short-notice if necessary. Bisping beat Rockhold from pillar to post, stripping the belt from Rockhold's clutches.

The former UFC middleweight champion had a point to prove in his first fight since losing his belt to Michael Bisping in June 2016 - he only has eyes for that coveted golden strap.

Branch again came out the aggressor in the second, but Rockhold took him on in the grappling department with overwhelming success. Branch submitted 4:05 into the period. I wanted to take my time and be patient. You don't belong here, you're gonna get crushed.

UFC welterweight Mike Perry dominated Alex Reyes, knocking out his opponent by a brutal knee to the head midway through the first round. At the conclusion of Saturday's live main card on TSN2, the live UFC FIGHT NIGHT POSTFIGHT SHOW airs at approximately 1 a.m. ET, recapping all the exciting action. He'll scowl and glower over a loss that he won't get to revenge. That is that, but I've definitely enjoyed my life. Since then, it's been a waiting game filled with injuries, rumors, and more waiting.

The comments didn't draw a response from St-Pierre, but Bisping had a few things to say.

Ledet came out firing his crips jab and Anyanwu looked to find a home for his overhand right.

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