Both men have done a lot of talking in the build up to the bout but they’ve both also kept their points short and sweet, which makes for a refreshing change of pace. Rockhold will be competing inside of the octagon for the first time in over a year after losing his title to Michael Bisping back at UFC 199, meanwhile Branch will be looking to make a statement in what will be just his second fight for the promotion.
It’s set to be one of the most intriguing fights that the division has produced in quite some time, and courtesy of Sky Bet we’ve got all the latest odds to help you decide where your betting money will be best placed on Saturday.
Of course, with Luke being the younger man and also a heavy favourite, he comes in as a 2/9 favourite meanwhile Branch opens at a lengthy 100/30. Whilst some may think that’s a bit too much it’s actually quite favourable if you’re a David Branch fan, because he certainly possesses the ability to knock Luke out in this one.
In terms of how they’ll get the victory Rockhold is 4/6 to win within five rounds, with a Round 1 knockout landing him at just 4/1. Branch, on the other hand, is out to 11/1 for a decision win – despite the fact that Rockhold has never gone the distance during his UFC tenure.
In terms of the duration of the fight itself there are certainly some interesting options on the table, with Over 4.5 rounds being a healthy 7/4 meanwhile at over 3.5 you’ll still get odds of 5/4.
We aren’t likely to see a snooze fest on Saturday and that’s certainly best for business where the UFC are concerned, with Canelo vs Golovkin over in the boxing world set to steal a lot of the headlines come Sunday morning.
Still, you have to admire Dana White and friends for deciding to continue heavily promoting this show, as it’s a testament to the strength of both fighters and the rest they have in them.
If you want the best value for money in our eyes, David Branch to shock the MMA universe with a first round knockout currently stands at 14/1. It may not be nailed on, but think about all of the upsets we’ve seen this year.