David Branch

USA

Out
Injury Suspension
Est. Return 7/26/2021
Gets two-year suspension
MiddleweightUFC
Out
September 18, 2019
Brand was handed a two-year suspension by the USADA after testing positive for a banned substance, Shaheen Al-Shatti of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Branch tested positive for ipamorelin, which is considered as a performance-enhancing drug. Branch tested positive for the drug in May and his two-year suspension officially began on July 26, 2019.
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Off UFC Vancouver
MiddleweightUFC
Out
August 1, 2019
Branch has withdrawn from his scheduled matchup against Andrew Sanchez at UFC Vancouver on Sept. 14, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's unclear what sparked the withdrawal for Branch, as the UFC has yet to make an official announcement clarifying the cancellation. With 1.5 months until the scheduled event, it seems likely the promotion will be able to find a replacement opponent for Sanchez.
Booked for Vancouver
MiddleweightUFC
Out
June 13, 2019
Branch has been booked to take on Andrew Sanchez at UFC on ESPN+ 16 on September 14, Nolan King of MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
It's been a tough stretch for Branch, who has lost three of his last four fights dating back to mid-2017. Most recently, he was forced to tap out just 50 seconds into his fight with Jack Hermansson at UFC on ESPN 2 in March. He hasn't gone the distance in each of his last four fights, creating an interesting dynamic with Sanchez, whose last four victories are coming via unanimous decision.
Taps to Jack Hermansson in 50 seconds
MiddleweightUFC
Out
March 30, 2019
Branch lost to Jack Hermansson via submission (guillotine) at 0:50 of Round 1 at UFC on ESPN 2 on Saturday in Philadelphia.
ANALYSIS
Branch was in need of a bounce back performance and he wasn't able to last a minute. Most concerning of all was Branch's complete lack of awareness once Hermansson had him on the mat. He made it easy for the Swede to clamp on the guillotine and Hermansson took full advantage of the opportunity. Branch has just six professional losses in a career that began way back in September 2007, but he is 1-3 in his last four fights, and his days of handling elite competition may be behind him.
Next bout in Philly
MiddleweightUFC
Out
February 28, 2019
Branch will take on Jack Hermansson in a middleweight matchup at UFC Philadelphia on March 30, PhilyVoice.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Branch has not necessarily been known as a finisher while coming up in World Series of Fighting, but each of his last three bouts have ended in a knockout. Unfortunately for the 37-year-old, he's been on the losing end in two of the last three, most recently getting upset by Jared Cannonier at UFC 230. The UFC will now give him a slight step back against "The Joker," who owns a 5-2 record since entering the promotion in 2016. The two measure up almost identically, but Hermansson has a significant advantage in terms of striking numbers over a similar sample size. Branch has more experience as a fighter overall, however, and likely has a more diverse skill set to fall back on.
Shocked by Jared Cannonier at UFC 230 Saturday
MiddleweightUFC
Out
November 3, 2018
Branch lost to Jared Cannonier via TKO (punches) at 0:29 of Round 2 at UFC 230 on Saturday in New York City.
ANALYSIS
What was expected to be an easy victory may ultimately end up being the fight that eliminates Branch from middleweight title contention. Originally scheduled to fight Jacare Souza, Branch ended up with Cannonier after Souza replaced an injured Luke Rockhold in his bout against Chris Weidman. Branch got off to a quick start, landing three takedowns in Round 1. Yet he was unable to do anything with his positional advantage and his striking defense disappeared in Round 2. While Branch is almost certainly a better overall mixed martial artist than Cannonier, Saturday's setback says otherwise. Branch is going to find himself in a must-win situation his next time out.