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The next step for David Branch after winning two WSOF titles? Defending them

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On the rare occasions when fighters have dared to publicly ponder the notion of holding titles in two weight classes at once, really tends to be sobering.

Conor McGregor, of course, recently tried to go for double gold, only to lead to a chain of events with Nate Diaz no one could have foreseen. Seven years ago, then-UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn lost a one-sided fight against welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre. And once upon a time, an 8-0 Brandon Vera proclaimed he was going to hold the UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight belts; he’s 6-7 since.

Maybe what they all missed was David Branch’s humility. Branch, the World Series of Fighting light heavyweight and middleweight champion, treated the pursuit of two belts like it was no big thing.

“It wasn’t like it was something I had as my big career goal,” Branch, who defends his middleweight belt against Clifford Starks in the main event of WSOF 30 on Saturday, told MMAFighting.com. “I had the middleweight belt, they came to me and told me they needed another participant in their light heavyweight title tournament, and I said, sure, why the hell not? After that it just became a matter of, if you tell me I can’t do something, that’s when I get most determined to do it.”

Branch, who won the middleweight belt in 2014, defeated Teddy Holder in the 205-pound tournament finals at WSOF 23, his seventh straight victory and ninth in his past 10 fights. That made him the sport’s highest-profile dual weight-class champion since Dan Henderson held the PRIDE 183- and 205-pound titles in 2007.

But PRIDE folded before Henderson could defend either title following his knockout win over Wanderlei Silva in Las Vegas. Branch, a natural middleweight, wants to take ….View full article

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