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Luke Rockhold Sends A Message To ‘GSP’ After Win In Pittsburgh, Bisping Responds

On Saturday night in Pittsburgh, ex-UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold finally rebounded from his June 2016 loss to Michael Bisping, finishing former two-weight WSOF champ David Branch with grounded strikes in the second round of the UFC Fight Night 116 main event.

Rockhold didn’t get off to the best start in the fight, as Branch tagged him with a hard combination against the cage in the early going. The American Kickboxing Academy representative was able to grab a hold of Branch however, and gain some respite to allow his head to clear. Rockhold was taken down by Branch a couple of seconds later, but he returned to his feet very quickly and eventually created some separation. Towards the end of the round, Rockhold scored a takedown of his own, but it probably wasn’t enough to wrest the stanza away from Branch.

A little over a minute into the second, Branch initiated a clinch and pushed Rockhold against the cage. The decision proved his undoing, however. Rockhold managed to turn him moments later and dragged him to the mat before quickly taking full-mount. Branch subsequently rolled to his stomach, inspiring Rockhold to rain savage blows down upon him. Branch eventually tapped to the storm of shots.

In a recent appearance on MMAJunkie Radio, Rockhold called returning former UFC welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, who is scheduled to challenge the aforementioned Bisping for the middleweight strap at UFC 217 on November 4th, a “joke.”

“I still donโ€™t have faith that Georges makes it to the fight. So, weโ€™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.

In his post-fight interview on Saturday, Rockhold sent a message to St-Pierre.

“I’m coming for that belt. ‘GSP’, I don’t know what I need to do,” he said, glaring into the camera. “You want me to beat some sense into you? You don’t belong here. You’re going to get crushed. Better back out. Get out of this thing while you still can. This is my fight.”

“I’m ready to go. I got no injuries. I’ll be ready for November. Don’t embarrass yourself ‘GSP’, just back out. This is my fight.” 

The comments didn’t draw a response from St-Pierre, but Bisping did pipe up.

With interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker currently sidelined through injury, Rockhold would stands a good chance of getting the call from the UFC if ‘GSP’ is forced to withdraw from the New York City event.

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