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WSOF 30 predictions, preview for ‘Branch vs Starks’ NBC Sports-televised main card

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World Series of Fighting (WSOF) returns to NBC Sports Network this weekend (Sat., April 2, 2016) with its latest mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which will take place inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

WSOF 30’s main event will feature dual champion David Branch returning to defend his Middleweight title against Clifford Starks, while the co-main event will see Jon Fitch and Joao Zeferino battle for the vacant Welterweight title.

That’s not all.

Let’s break down all of the WSOF 30 main card matches below:

185 lbs.: David Branch (c) (17-3) vs. Clifford Starks (13-2)

After a brief stint in Bellator MMA during its earliest days — and an unremarkable 2-2 stint in four UFC fights — David Branch has truly blossomed as a fighter inside the confines of WSOF’s Decagon. He’s a perfect in the promotion (7-0), and along the way, has acquired both the Middleweight and Light Heavyweight titles. As long as he can successfully defend both belts, who’s going to argue that Branch deserves it? To that end, he’s making a long overdue Middleweight title defense — his last was against Yushin Okami in November of 2014.

Clifford Starks would like to be the man to knock him off that throne. “Big Cat” also had an unremarkable stint in UFC, going 1-2 in three fights, but he’s perfect (5-0) since leaving, including two Bellator fights and three bouts in WSOF. His last bout may be his most impressive performance to date, knocking off the highly touted and previously undefeated Krasimir Mladenov in Sept. 2015. Mladenov’s nickname was “The Wrestler,” but he was unable to use takedowns effectively, and between ill-conceived attempts, he got lit up and busted up standing.

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