The UFC comes to the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for UFC Fight Night 116 tonight. The main event features a middleweight bout between the returning Luke Rockhold and David Branch. Rockhold makes his first return to the cage since losing the middleweight title to Michael Bisping at UFC 199 in June of 2016. He’ll take on David Branch who will be making his second appearance under the UFC banner.
The co-main event pits the heavy handed Mike Perry against late replacement Alex Reyes in a battle of welterweights. Rounding out the card is Hector Lombard going up against Anthony Smith in the middleweight division, Gregor Gillespie vs. Jason Gonzalez in a battle of lightweights, the “Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman takes on Sergio Moraes and finally in the heavyweight division Justin Ledet takes on Zu Anyanwu.
The prelims will air on Fox Sports 1 at 7PM CT. Keep it on FS1 for the main card starting at 9PM CT.
Here are the current odds and my predictions of each fight.
Note: The predictions in this column do not necessarily mean that I will be betting them. I have changed my mind in the past and gone the other way after conducting more research. For all of my official bets follow me on Twitter @FightChampBlog. You can also find all of my official MMA bets at betmmatips.com. For more information on my MMA bets go to thefightingchampion.com.
Luke Rockhold (15-3) vs. David Branch (21-3) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Rockhold -535; Branch +395
Pick: Rockhold by decision
Mike Perry (10-1) vs. Alex Reyes (13-2) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Perry -475; Reyes +350
Pick: Perry by TKO
Hector Lombard (34-7-1, 2 NC) vs. Anthony Smith (27-12) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Smith -145; Lombard +115
Pick: Lombard by decision
Gregor Gillespie (9-0) vs. Jason Gonzalez (11-3) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Gillespie -435; Gonzalez +335
Pick: Gillespie by submission
Kamaru Usman (10-1) vs. Sergio Moraes (12-3-1) – Welterweight 170 lbs.
Current Odds: Usman -800; Moraes +500
Pick: Usman by TKO
Justin Ledet (8-0, 1 NC) vs. Zu Anyanwu (14-4) – Heavyweight 265 lbs.
Current Odds: Ledet -445; Anyanwu +345
Pick: Ledet by TKO
Tony Martin (12-3) vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Aubin-Mercier -115; Martin -115
Pick: Aubin-Mercier by submission
Anthony Hamilton (15-7) vs. Daniel Spitz (5-1) – Heavyweight 265 lbs.
Current Odds: Hamilton -200; Spitz +160
Pick: Spitz by decision
Krzysztof Jotko (19-2) vs. Uriah Hall (13-8) – Middleweight 185 lbs.
Current Odds: Jotko -210; Hall +165
Pick: Jotko by decision
Jason Saggo (12-3) vs. Gilbert Burns (11-2) – Lightweight 155 lbs.
Current Odds: Burns -145; Saggo +115
Pick: Burns by decision
Enjoy the fights!