Former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold will make his first Octagon appearance in over 15 months later this evening (Sat., Sept. 16, 2017) at UFC Fight Night 116 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa., when he takes on rising divisional contender David Branch. As a prelude to the main event matchup, heavy-handed welterweight Mike Perry will welcome Alex Reyes to the UFC ranks, middleweight tank Hector Lombard will try to punch his way past Anthony Smith, Kamaru Usman will look to continue his dominant 170-pound win streak, and prospects Gregor Gillespie and Justin Ledet will aim to keep their undefeated records in tact.
But, before the premier bouts get underway on FS1 starting at 10 p.m. ET, UFC Fight Night 116’s “Prelims” action will also go down on FS1 starting at 8 p.m. ET.
Find out what happened right here as the UFC Fight Night 116 undercard recaps roll in real-time:
Tony Martin vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Uriah Hall
Jason Saggo vs. Gilbert Burns
The opening bout of the evening saw two renowned submission specialists try to get back into the lightweight win column, as Brazilian native Burns (13-2) took on Canadian veteran Saggo (12-4). It was heavy hands early on for Burns, who was forced to angle off a mobile Saggo. Burns showed much improvement on the feet with great distance control and shot selection before landing a timely takedown along the cage. In Round 2, Saggo started to open up with straight kicks down the middle followed by combinations inside. Burns found a home for a crisp right hand before picking the Canadian up off his feet and slamming him to the canvas for another impressive takedown. Saggo’s defense was strong, though, as he quickly got back to his feet to land a snapping counter left and more kicks to the body. As the round was ticking down, Burns landing a swooping right hand out of nowhere that instantly dropped Saggo once it connected. Burns needed zero insurance shots as he walks away with the highlight reel knockout.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 116 fight card, starting with the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” matches at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.