After a more than 15-month layoff, Rockhold (16-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) added another stoppage to his historically illustrious resume in the 185-pound division when he forced Branch (21-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) to tap out to strikes in the second round on the FS1-televised fight card at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Rockhold’s victory capped off an event which featured eight stoppages out of 10 fights. For more on the numbers behind the card, check below for 40 post-event facts about UFC Fight Night 116.
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The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $92,500.
Debuting fighters went 0-2 at the event.
UFC Fight Night 116 drew an announced attendance of 7,005 for a live gate of $396,190.75.
Betting favorites went 7-3 on the card.
Total fight time for the 10-bout card was 1:20:40.
Rockhold has earned 14 of his 16 career victories by stoppage. That includes all six of his wins under the UFC banner.
Rockhold’s 13 stoppage victories in UFC/Strikeforce middleweight competition are the most in combined divisional history.
Branch had his 11-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since May 2012.
Branch fell to 1-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in March 2017.
Branch fell to 13-2 since his original release from the UFC in March 2011.
Branch absorbed 58 significant strikes in his loss. He had absorbed just 56 significant strikes in his previous five UFC appearances combined.
Branch suffered his first knockout loss since July 3, 2010 – a span of 2,632 days (more than seven years) and 18 fights.
Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned all of his career victories by knockout. He’s earned seven of those wins in Round 1.
Perry has landed seven knockdowns in five UFC appearances.
Perry averages 2.58 knockdowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC competition, the third-highest rate in company history.
Alex Reyes (12-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since November 2007.
Reyes suffered his first knockout loss since his MMA debut on Sept. 15, 2007 – a span of 3,654 days (10 years) and 14 fights.
Anthony Smith (27-13 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is 4-1 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2016.
Smith improved to 11-2 since his original release from the UFC in June 2013.
Smith has earned 25 of his 28 career victories by stoppage.
Smith has earned all three of his UFC stoppage victories by knockout.
Hector Lombard’s (34-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) four-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He’s on a five-fight winless skid and hasn’t earned a victory since March 2014.
Lombard fell to 0-3 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in June 2016. He hasn’t earned his first victory in the weight class since December 2012.
Lombard has suffered all three of his career stoppage losses by knockout.
Gillespie (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has earned eight of his 10 career victories by stoppage.
Gonzalez (11-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has suffered all four of his career losses by stoppage.
Kamaru Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 10 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013.
Usman’s six-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.
Usman did not attempt a takedown for the first time in his UFC career.
Sergio Moraes (12-3-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) suffered his first knockout loss since Oct. 17, 2009 – a span of 2,891 days (nearly eight year) and 10 fights.
Justin Ledet (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) improved to 4-0 with one no-contest since he returned to MMA competition after a nearly four-year layoff.
Ledet’s three-fight UFC winning streak in heavyweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Stipe Miocic (five) and Francis Ngannou (five).
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has completed at least one takedown against seven of his eight UFC opponents.
Anthony Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) suffered his third consecutive loss, the longest skid of his career.
Hamilton has suffered five of his six UFC losses by stoppage.
Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) snapped his three-fight losing skid for his first victory since September 2015.
Hall has earned 11 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. That includes five of his six UFC victories.
Krzysztof Jotko (19-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.
Gilbert Burns (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage.
Jason Saggo (12-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career.