Looks like the busy schedule of duel champion David Branch will soon begin. Ray Sefo announced Friday night on Inside MMA that the match-up would take place as the co-main event underneath a vacant welterweight title bout between Jake Shields and Jon Fitch, and that the event would take place on April 1st. No venue has been announced as of press time.
David Branch, while being the WSOF Middleweight champion, competed as a last-minute replacement in an injury ridden 4-man Light Heavyweight tournament that would go on to determine the promotions inaugural 205 lbs champion. David Branch took out two fellow alternate additions in the tournament in Jesse McElliogtt and Teddy Holder to claim the first WSOF Light Heavyweight championship, making him the first bi-champion in a major MMA organization since Dan Henderson held the Middleweight and Welterweight titles in Pride FC.
Clifford Starks (13-2, 3-0 in WSOF) has made a successful impact under the WSOF brand in his debut year with the promotion. Winning three straight victories in submitting Jake Huen, defeating MMA vet Mike Kyle on five days notice, and taking out the formerly undefeated Russian in Krasimir Mladenov have earned the Arizona native his title shot. Starks called out the champion Branch after his last fight at WSOF 23. Branch acknowledged Starks’ call-out after his victory later on in the night and both men including a plethora of fans will get what they want come April 1st.
To listen to Clifford Starks’ latest interview with me on the MMA Discussion podcast, click the link here: https://soundcloud.com/mma-discussion-podcast/episode-67-clifford-starks-jon-jones-legal-trial-ufc-lawsuits-ufc-fight-night-75-recap