World Series Of Fighting two-weight champion David Branch has signed a new deal to return to the UFC, six-years after his last Octagon appearance.
The 35 year-old’s previous UFC run came to a sudden halt in 2011 after a submission loss to Rousimar Palhares. Prior to that he had been on a two-fight winning streak and had an overall career record of 8-2, so some felt that his release had been premature.
Since then Branch has compiled an impressive 12-1 run, with the majority of those wins having come during a long stint in the WSOF promotion, who he began fighting for from their very first event in 2012.
Along the way Branch became both WSOF’s middleweight and light-heavyweight champion and successfully defend both belts, and also picked up some notable victories over the likes of Yushin Okami, Vinny Magalhaes, Paulo Filho and Jesse Taylor.
Despite his success in the promotion, Branch’s relationship with the troubled WSOF promotion soured near the end and so it appears that he’s now relieved to be putting that behind him after being granted a release from his contract, paving the way for his return to the sports biggest stage at last.
“I want to thank my fans for all of the amazing support you guys have given me on twitter this AM I’m happy to be back home @ufc,” Branch posted on his Twitter account after the deal was confirmed.