David Branch Relinquishes WSOF Titles
By Edward Carbajal
Winner of two division titles and a ten-fight win streak David Branch (20-3) announced that he is now a free agent and relinquishing his WSOF belts on The MMA Hour this past Monday. The now former middleweight and light-heavyweight champ wants to test the burgeoning mixed martial arts market and it was rumored he could have been on the upcoming UFC 208 card according to Ariel Helwani when the show aired.
Branch is yet another New York-based mixed martial artist that has had the pleasure of finally being able to do his job in his home state since the ban on MMA was lifted last year. He fought a great fight against Louis Taylor at the WSOF New Year’s Eve event in Madison Square Garden where many thought he should have main evented being a title holder from the state of New York. Regardless of that his record and performance speaks for its self as he defended against the best of both weight classes he held titles for.
The 35-year-old competitor pointed out that he faced tough opponents in both divisions before he announced his departure. Taylor was coming off a string of wins before facing Branch and before that he fought a very smart fight against Vinny Magalhaes where he won dominating decision. His announcement also comes after Marlon Moraes also relinquished his title and will explore free agency.
Both fighters put in work over at WSOF and built up quite the win streak against really good competition so both the UFC and Bellator would be wise to snatch these guys up soon. Seeing Branch on a Brooklyn based card would be nice and Bellator has said they want to build up their first New York card with local fighters, Branch would be nice addition for their first event in New York.
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