Title Contender Not Interested In UFC Headliner Against David Branch

David Branch claiming is that one title contender is holding up a fight for an upcoming UFC event.

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David Branch claiming is that one title contender is holding up a fight for an upcoming UFC event.

The former World Series of Fighting champion took to his official Twitter account last week to claim that Ronaldo Souza is holding up a fight with him that would serve as the main event for an upcoming UFC Fight Night event.

Branch, who asked for the fight, claims that Souza is not “isn’t feeling confident enough” to sign on. Branch did note that the fight was supposed to take place on August 22nd but likely means September 22nd.

There is a Fight Night event that is set to take place on 9/22 in São Paulo, Brazil at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera.

The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass.

This leads us to Souza who has gone on record by stating that he wants to fight Yoel Romero or Kelvin Gastelum next.

Souza’s manager gave a statement to MMA Fighting to confirm that although they were offered a fight against Branch, they would not be accepting the fight.

“Dave Branch was offered to us twice in 18 months. and ‘Jacare’ agreed both times, but he jumped ship,” Gilberto Faria said. “‘Jacare’ wants to fight someone ranked higher in the middleweight division, like rematches with Yoel Romero or Kelvin Gastelum, or a fight with Chris Weidman.

“It doesn’t make sense to fight Dave Branch now,” he continued. “‘Jacare’ is not in a hurry, he will sit down like everyone else does and wait for a bigger fight. ‘Jacare’ has always fought opponents ranked lower than him, and it’s time to face someone ahead of him.”

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David Branch Claims ‘Jacare’ Turned Down Fight Against Him in UFC’s Return to Brazil

David Branch is looking for a new opponent. The former two-division World Series of Fighting Champion had revealed just recently that he was offered a fight against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the UFC’s rumored return to Sao Paulo, Bra…

David Branch is looking for a new opponent. The former two-division World Series of Fighting Champion had revealed just recently that he was offered a fight against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza for the UFC’s rumored return to Sao Paulo, Brazil in September. Now according to Branch, he’s in need of a new opponent after stating on […]

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Biggest Winners & Losers From UFC Atlantic City

Another Saturday night, another UFC event in the books with last night’s (Sat., April 21, 2018) UFC Fight Night 128 from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. There were blistering knockouts that thrilled the Atlantic City crowd, but nary a submission throughout all ten fights. Kevin Lee and David Branch delivered and others […]

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Another Saturday night, another UFC event in the books with last night’s (Sat., April 21, 2018) UFC Fight Night 128 from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

There were blistering knockouts that thrilled the Atlantic City crowd, but nary a submission throughout all ten fights.

Kevin Lee and David Branch delivered and others faltered, but overall the event was a lively one.

With that said, let’s take a look at the biggest winners and losers from UFC Atlantic City.

Biggest Winners:

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Kevin Lee

Lee bounced back from a submission loss to Tony Ferguson by destroying feared striker Edson Barboza.

Lee’s ground and pound was absolutely brutal, punishing Barboza until the fight was stopped in the fifth round. It was just a dominant performance from Lee, who certainly needed a victory to erase that Ferguson loss, which cost him a chance at UFC gold.

Lee could be a serious contender in the lightweight division, and Saturday’s win over Barboza places him right on track for title contention.

Perhaps a rematch with Al Iaquinta would be a good fight for Lee.

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UFC Fight Night 128 Performance Of The Night Bonus Winners

UFC Fight Night 128 has come-and-gone and it was quite the event. The event saw Kevin Lee dominate Edson Barboza, aside from one scary moment from a hook kick, en route to a fifth round TKO victory due to doctor stoppage. Also on the card, Frankie Edga…

UFC Fight Night 128 has come-and-gone and it was quite the event. The event saw Kevin Lee dominate Edson Barboza, aside from one scary moment from a hook kick, en route to a fifth round TKO victory due to doctor stoppage. Also on the card, Frankie Edgar bounced back from his first-ever knockout loss to […]

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UFC Atlantic City Bonuses: Branch Earns Extra $50K For Knockout

UFC Fight Night 128 emanated tonight (Saturday, April 21, 2018) from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The headliner saw two 155-pound contenders, Kevin Lee and Edson Barboza, duke it out for supremacy. Apart form the main event, former World Series Of Fighting (WSOF) two-division champ David Branch made an emphatic statement against Thiago […]

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UFC Fight Night 128 emanated tonight (Saturday, April 21, 2018) from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. The headliner saw two 155-pound contenders, Kevin Lee and Edson Barboza, duke it out for supremacy.

Apart form the main event, former World Series Of Fighting (WSOF) two-division champ David Branch made an emphatic statement against Thiago Santos with a first round knockout.

This was several months removed from his second round defeat to ex-UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. Branch took home an extra $50,000 for his efforts and Performance Of The Night.

Our second recipient of Performance Of The Night goes to none other than welterweight Siyar Bahadurzada. He pulled off an amazing second round TKO over opponent Luan Chagas by way of body kick.

It was one of the more dramatic finishes of the night and earned the 34-year-old $50,000 more to take home.

Finally, fight of the night goes to the bantamweight scrap between Merab Dvalishvili and Ricky Simon. Simon made his Octagon debut in Atlantic City, and what a debut it was.

The end of the fight brought a ton of controversy as Simon locked in a choke that seemed to render Dvalishvili unconscious. The referee never called the fight off and it seemed as though the fight would go to the judges’ scorecards.

Instead. the decision was made to award Simon the fight for rendering his opponent unconscious with the choke. They’ll both take home an extra $50,000 for their amazing performances.

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David Branch Knocks Out Thiago Santos With Picturesque Overhand

Both needing a win to cement their status in a talented division, David Branch and Thiago Santos faced off on the main card of tonight’s (Sat., April 21, 2018) UFC Fight Night 128 from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The No. 8-ranked Branch returned to the UFC last year after winning the World […]

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Both needing a win to cement their status in a talented division, David Branch and Thiago Santos faced off on the main card of tonight’s (Sat., April 21, 2018) UFC Fight Night 128 from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The No. 8-ranked Branch returned to the UFC last year after winning the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) light heavyweight and middleweight titles following an unsuccessful octagon run in 2010-2011. He produced mixed results in his second UFC run thus far, winning a boring split decision over Krzysztof Jotko before getting finished by former champ Luke Rockhold.

The No. 12-ranked Santos, on the other hand, was on a steamrolling win streak with four straight TKO victories. Quietly tied with Anderson Silva for the most striking finishes in UFC middleweight history, ‘Marreta’ was set to explode into the top 10 with a win.

Clearly, Santos was looking to make it a kickboxing match while Branch was most likely looking to make the bout far dirtier in order to drag it to the ground. The bout began with Santos throwing one of his trademark high kicks. He followed with a body and leg kick. Santos landed a left hook and kept throwing heavy strikes as advertised, but Branch countered a few times. The fight was a bit tentative, but Santos again threw some big shots.

Then, it was all over in a flash.

The more measured Branch unloaded a monstrous knockout shot from out of nowhere, flooring ‘Marreta’ and ending his four-fight win streak in a flash.

Final Result: David Branch def. Thiago Santos via R1 KO (punches, 2:30)

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