David Branch (fighter)

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David Branch
Born September 26, 1981
Residence Bronx, New York
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185.8 lb (84.3 kg; 13.27 st)
Division Middleweight
Reach 76 in (190 cm)
Style Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Fighting out of Brooklyn, New York
Team Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
Rank black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active 2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 18
Wins 15
By knockout 5
By submission 4
By decision 6
Losses 3
By knockout 1
By submission 1
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

David Branch (born September 26, 1981) an American mixed martial artist who competes in the middleweight division.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Background[edit]

Branch began training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the tutelage of MMA veteran, Renzo Gracie. He gained his black belt after learning from Gracie for about 10 years. Branch turned professional in MMA in 2007. In additional to mixed martial arts, Branch has also competed in (and won) Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu titles in nationwide competitions.

Bellator Fighting Championship[edit]

Branch then signed for Bellator Fighting Championships and made his promotional debut at Bellator 11 against Dennis Olson. Branch was victorious due to submission (rear naked choke) at 1:27 of the first round.

Branch then competed in the UCC organization and defeated John Troyer via TKO (punches) at 4:26 of the second round.

Branch returned to Bellator at Bellator 15 and defeated Derrick Mehman via submission (rear naked choke) at 0:26 of the second round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

In May 2010, Branch's coach Renzo Gracie announced that Branch had signed a four-fight contract with the UFC.[1] Branch made his debut on the undercard of UFC 116 against Gerald Harris. Branch was knocked out cold with a slam in the third round, losing for the first time in his professional career.[2]

Branch was expected to face Aaron Simpson on September 15, 2010 at UFC Fight Night 22, but Simpson was forced to pull out of the bout with a staph infection.[3] Branch instead fought Tomasz Drwal.[4] Branch won the fight via unanimous decision, earning his first UFC victory.

Branch next defeated Rich Attonito at The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck Finale via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27).[5]

Branch was rumored to face Dan Miller on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128.[6] However, according to Dan's manager, the fight was not offered. Miller ended up facing a different opponent.

Branch next faced Rousimar Palhares on March 3, 2011 at UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann, replacing Alexandre Ferreira.[7] Branch was defeated by Palhares when he tapped out to a kneebar early in the second round[8] and was subsequently released from the promotion.[9]

Independent Promotions[edit]

Following his release from the UFC Branch signed to fight Jeremy May at Shark Fights 15: Villaseñor vs Camozzi. He won via tko in the third round.

Branch next faced of against Strikeforce vet Dominique Steele at Pure MMA - The Beginning. He won via unanimous decision.

In his next fight Branch took on former UFC vet Anthony Johnson at Titan Fighting Championships 22.[10] The bout was originally suppose to be fought at 185lbs, but both fighters came in overweight an the bout was changed to 195 lb catchweight fight. He lost via unanimous decision.[11]

World Series of Fighting[edit]

In Branch's next fight he took on another former UFC vet Dustin Jacoby at the inaugural World Series of Fighting 1. He won via unanimous decision.[12]

Branch next faced off against PRIDE legend Paulo Filho at World Series of Fighting 2. He won via unanimous decision.[13]

On May 16, 2013, WSOF announced a 4 man tournament to crown an Inaugural Middleweight Champion. Branch will be one of the four men entering this tournament. Joining Branch will be former UFC vet Jesse Taylor, current MFC middleweight champion Elvis Mutapcic, & former UFC vet Danillo Villefort.[14] Branch took on Danillo Villefort in the open round of the tournament at WSOF 5. [15] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

In the middleweight tournament final, Branch faced Jesse Taylor at World Series of Fighting 10 on June 21, 2014. He won the fight via D'arce choke submission in the first round to become the inaugural World Series of Fighting Middleweight champion.

In his first title defense, Branch faced fellow UFC veteran Yushin Okami at WSOF 15 on October 24, 2014.[16] He won the fight via TKO in the fourth round.

Personal life[edit]

Branch is the brother of professional boxers, Sechew Powell and Jamelle Hamilton.[17]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 15–3 Yushin Okami TKO (punches) WSOF 15 November 15, 2014 4 3:39 Tampa, Florida, United States Defended the WSOF Middleweight Championship.
Win 14–3 Jesse Taylor Submission (D'arce choke) WSOF 10 June 21, 2014 1 1:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won the WSOF Middleweight Championship.
Win 13–3 Danillo Villefort Decision (unanimous) WSOF 5 September 14, 2013 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States WSOF Middleweight Championship tournament Semifinal.
Win 12–3 Paulo Filho Decision (unanimous) WSOF 2 March 23, 2013 3 5:00 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 11–3 Dustin Jacoby Decision (unanimous) WSOF 1 November 3, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States WSOF debut.
Loss 10–3 Anthony Johnson Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 22 May 25, 2012 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas, United States 195 lb catchweight.
Win 10–2 Dominique Steele Decision (unanimous) Pure MMA - The Beginning January 22, 2012 3 5:00 Plains, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 9–2 Jeremy May TKO (punches) Shark Fights 15: Villaseñor vs. Camozzi May 27, 2011 3 3:19 Rio Rancho, New Mexico, United States
Loss 8–2 Rousimar Palhares Submission (kneebar) UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann March 3, 2011 2 1:44 Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Win 8–1 Rich Attonito Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale December 4, 2010 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–1 Tomasz Drwal Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Marquardt vs. Palhares September 15, 2010 3 5:00 Austin, Texas, United States
Loss 6–1 Gerald Harris KO (slam) UFC 116 July 3, 2010 3 2:35 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States UFC debut.
Win 6–0 Derrick Mehmen Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 15 April 22, 2010 2 0:26 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States 190 lb catchweight.
Win 5–0 John Troyer TKO (punches) UCC 1 - Merciless March 19, 2010 2 4:26 Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Win 4–0 Dennis Olsen Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 11 June 12, 2009 1 2:27 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 3–0 Robby Huston Submission (rear-naked choke) DCF - Battle at the Nation's Capital December 13, 2008 2 2:41 Washington D.C.
Win 2–0 Alex Aquino TKO (doctor stoppage) Ring of Combat 19 May 9, 2008 1 3:29 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 1–0 Craig Simone TKO (punches) Cage Fights 6 September 29, 2007 1 1:44 Fort Myers, Florida, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Renzo Gracie: UFC signs Bellator middleweight David Branch to four-fight deal". MMAjunkie.com. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  2. ^ "UFC 116 preliminary card recap: Brendan Schaub, Gerald Harris dazzle in KO wins". mmajunkie.com. July 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Aaron Simpson hospitalized after surgery". mmaweekly.com. August 6, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Tomasz Drwal vs. David Branch expected at UFC Fight Night 22". mmajunkie.com. August 9, 2010. 
  5. ^ "David Branch vs. Rich Attonito set for The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  6. ^ "Dan Miller vs. David Branch in the works for UFC 128". TrueFighting.com.com. 2010-12-30. 
  7. ^ "David Branch Replaces Ferreira, Faces Palhares At UFC on Versus 3". heavy.com. January 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ http://www.sbnation.com/mma/2011/3/3/2028359/ufc-on-versus-3-results-rousimar-palhares-kneebars-dave-branch
  9. ^ "Middleweight David Branch Latest Fighter Released by the UFC". mmaweekly.com. March 23, 2011. 
  10. ^ Damon Martin (March 23, 2012). "Anthony Johnson vs. David Branch Set as Main Event for Titan Fighting 22". MMAWeekly.com. 
  11. ^ Dann Stupp (May 26, 2012). "Anthony Johnson tops David Branch in Titan Fighting 22 headliner". MMAJunkie.com. 
  12. ^ "WSOF 1 - Arlovski vs. Cole Results". Sherdog.com. November 3, 2012. 
  13. ^ "WSOF 2 - Arlovski vs. Johnson Results". Sherdog.com. March 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ MMAjunkie.com Staff (May 16, 2013). "WSOF sets four-man middleweight tourney with Taylor, Mutapcic, Branch, Villefort". MMAJunkie.com. 
  15. ^ "World Series of Fighting 5 to host opening round of middleweight tournament". 
  16. ^ "David Branch defends middleweight belt vs. Yushin Okami at WSOF 15". mmajunkie.com. July 29, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Straight Outta Brownsville - Introducing David Branch". UFC.com. June 29, 2010. 

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