A point deduction from an illegal knee didn’t stop David Branch (18-3) from defending his WSOF middleweight title.
The 34-year-old New Yorker battled against Clifford Starks (13-3) in the main event of WSOF 30 on Saturday night. Branch, who currently holds the middleweight and light heavyweight WSOF titles, defeated Starks by unanimous decision.
It was the grappling, clinching, and takedowns of Branch that troubled Starks in every round. Branch faced some adversity early on in the fight as he was deducted a point after landing an illegal knee to the head of a downed Starks. However, Branch proved why he is the champion by remaining composed and sticking to the game plan all throughout the fight. With this win, Branch is currently enjoying an eight-fight wining streak and remains undefeated in the promotion.
During the co-main event of the card, former UFC title challenger Jon Fitch (28-7) became the new WSOF welterweight champion by defeating Joao Zeferino (20-8), who was coming off a knockout loss to Brian Foster at WSOF 25 lightweight tournament.
It was a Jon Fitch type of fight where clinching, takedowns, and top control with enough ground-and-pound to avoid a stand up, dictated the outcome of the fight. In every round, Zeferino tried to avoid the takedowns by keeping his base low and by throwing his jab in hopes to keep Fitch at a distance. Despite Zeferino’s efforts to keep the fight standing, Fitch was able to impose his will, earning a unanimous decision victory. This win marks Fitch’s second win in a row and improves his WSOF record to 4-2.
Also on the main card, former UFC fighter Vinny Magalhaes (14-7) faced Jake Heun (9-5).
Magalhaes spent the majority of the first round circling around Heun, outpointing him with kicks to the legs and ….View full article
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