WSOF middleweight champion David Branch plans on making promotional history by holding two title belts simultaneously, when he takes on Teddy Holder for the light heavyweight title at WSOF 23.
The UFC veteran won the WSOF middleweight strap in June of 2014 when he submitted Jesse Taylor via D’arce choke at WSOF 10. He followed that victory up with a TKO finish over former UFC title challenger Yushin Okami at WSOF 15, and made a successful light heavyweight debut at WSOF 20, beating Jesse McElligott by second round Von Flue choke.
Despite already holding gold at 185 pounds, Branch claims that his appetite for title belts hasn’t yet been satisfied. In fact, he believes that winning the middleweight title has done nothing but made him even hungrier for another championship belt. A win over Holder on September 18th will make him one of the few fighters to ever hold multiple titles simultaneously in a major organization.
“I felt that when I got the world title, that I was not going to be hungry anymore. But now I’m even more hungry,” Branch told Submission Radio. It’s almost like that belt that I have now, or any belt that I’ve had – not to disrespect my belt, I appreciate and I’m very proud of my middleweight championship belt in World Series of Fighting, but I want another one, and one belt is not enough for me. You can’t please a wolf with a dog’s toy.”
His opponent Teddy Holder holds a 9-1 professional record and is no slouch. Holder owns nine first-round stoppages to his name and has yet to see a second round in his professional career. He most recently put away Thiago Silva via TKO at WSOF 19. Branch however, believes that Holder’s string of quick finishes could be the very thing that leads to his demise.
“He’s very confident because he was able to land and produce knockouts. So when you produce a knockout you start to get a little blood thirsty for it, and I need that. I need him to be thirsty for that and for him to chase that, so that I can take that hope away from him. And once something that you’ve been so successful with is not working for you anymore, then you start to lose confidence.”
“Teddy Holder has a punchers chance. I mean that’s what he has. Every fighter has a punchers chance. But the thing is, being table to take Teddy’s tools away from him and eliminate the threat as quickly as possible, start to neutralize Teddy and break him down periodically and torture him until he’s ready to quit. And then when he’s at that point, then open the door for him to have sweet release and then be able to finish the fight. I mean, that’s the only thing I see that’s going to happen. I see me knocking him out or I see me finishing him by TKO or submission. But it will be systematic, because I’m the general inside that cage. Nobody’s gonna fight me the way I don’t wanna be fought. Nobody’s gonna fight me slow or slower than I want the fight to be. Nobody’s gonna fight me faster than I want the fight to be. I’m going to dictate the pace. I’m a master inside that cage and I’m gonna show it again on the 18th.”
Word Series of Fighting 23: Gaethje vs. Palomino 2, goes down on September 18th at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. The card is headlined by WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje taking on Luis Palomino, in a rematch of their March ‘fight of the year candidate’ scrap.
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