World Series of Fighting made its first trip to Kansas City on Friday night, and David Branch successfully defended one of his belts in the main event.
Originally headlined by lightweight champion Justin Gaethje against Ozzy Dugulubgov – canceled hours before the event due to the challenger’s illness –, WSOF 33 featured two-division champion Branch putting his 205-pound title on the line against Vinny Magalhaes, and he dominated the Brazilian for five rounds to remain unbeaten under the WSOF banner.
Putting his light heavyweight title on the line for the first time, Branch, who also holds the middleweight crown, came close to stopping Magalhaes in the second round, dropping him to the ground and rocking him standing. The referee didn’t stop the contest, but Magalhaes couldn’t offer any trouble to the champion from that moment on. After five rounds, Branch was declared the winner by unanimous decision.
“I’m really trying to cement my name in MMA, and be the best fighter in the world,” Branch said after the win. “I’m the only two-division champion on the planet Earth, and I have to go out there and make a statement every time I fight.”
After defending the 205-opund gold for the first time, Branch indicated that his future might be as a middleweight.
“I don’t know if I’m going to be able to stay at 205 much longer,” he said. “I definitely feel the difference in size.”
Following the unanimous decision loss, his first defeat in five fights after leaving the UFC in 2013, Magalhaes was clearly disappointed and talked of retirement.
“I wasn’t finding my range at all,” said the Brazilian, who held a 2-0 record under the WSOF banner prior to his clash with Branch. “There was nothing that I was throwing that I was able to land.”
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