UFC Fight Night 116 took place Saturday, September 16, 2017 in Pittsbugh, Pennsylvania. The card was headlined by a middleweight between David Branch and former champion Luke Rockhold. Closing odds are courtesy of 5Dimes Sportsbook. Here’s a quick recap of each of those fights.
Favorites that Won
After struggling in round one, Luke Rockhold took over the bout in round two and was able to finish David Branch on the ground via TKO in the second round. Rockhold closed -500. Branch closed +400.
Mike Perry made quick work of late replacement Alex Reyes by landing a flush knee out of the clinch to win by first round stoppage. Perry closed -420 while Reyes closed +335.
Anthony Smith took advantage of a tiring Hector Lombard finishing him in the third round. Smith closed -155. Lombard closed +135.
Gregor Gillespie ended up in a slug fest with Jason Gonzalez. In one of the most entertaining bouts of the year, Gillespie worked in several takedowns before eventually submitting the much bigger Gonzalez in round two.
Kamaru Usman continued his rise up the welterweight division, making quick work of Sergio Moraes and putting the Brazilian away in the opening round. Usman closed the biggest favorite on the card at -1000 while Moraes closed +650.
Justin Ledet had his jab working from the very beginning of this bout. He was able to land it in all three rounds to earn a decision over Azunna Anyanwu. Ledet closed -470 with the return on Anyanwu +375.
Gilbert Burns landed a huge overhand right to the temple of Jason Saggo in the closing seconds of the second round to win by knockout. Burns closed -150 while Saggo closed +130.
Underdogs that Won
Olivier Aubin-Mercier was able to secure takedowns in the first two rounds. That was enough to earn a split decision win over Tony Martin. Aubin-Mercier closed -105. Martin closed -115.
Daniel Spitz dropped Anthony Hamilton with his first head strike landed and followed up on the ground with punches to earn a TKO victory inside of the first 30 seconds of the bout. Spitz closed +177 while Hamilton closed -192.
After nearly being finished in the first round, Uriah Hall recovered well to land a big shot of his own to finish Krzysztof Jotko in the second round. Hall closed +170 with the return on Jotko -200.