Ex- UFC fighter and current World Series of Fighting middleweight David Branch is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Dustin Jacoby from the WSOF’s first card in Las Vegas, N.V. Next up for the Brooklyn native is ex- WEC middleweight champ Paulo Filho. The fight is set to take place in Atlantic City, N.J. on March 23. Filho is coming off a win of his own, stopping Murilo “Ninja” Rua in just 47 seconds in Brazil. Branch sports an impressive record of 11-3, with four knockouts and three submissions, and is looking to stick to his winning ways.
How pleased are you with your most recent victory over Dustin Jacoby?
“I’m really pleased with the victory of Dustin Jacoby. Me and my boxing coach were working really hard for that fight. Dustin Jacoby is a really tough guy I was really happy to get a win over him.”
Your next opponent is Paulo Filho in a fight that you have a 10-inch reach advantage. What is your gameplan going into that fight and will the reach be a factor in it?
“It will definitely be a factor in it. I’m just going to go in there and do what I do. I have a full tool chest. I have a lot of skills I can rely on wherever the fight goes, and I can pretty much take the fight anywhere and keep the fight anywhere I want to. I’m really excited about this. I just want him to come in healthy and take care of business.”
What holes do you see in Filho’s game that you feel that you can exploit?
“Everybody’s dangerous. He sets up a lot of stuff with his strikes and he’s a hard hitting dude, he comes in pretty aggressive and you can’t underestimate anybody.”
You fight out of Brooklyn, New York under Renzo Gracie; can you expand on what it means to fight out of that camp and how important your team is to you?
“My team is very important to me. I train with some of the best grapplers in the world. I’ve been training with the Gracies my whole grappling and jiu-jitsu career. Everybody that I train with – all the coaches -have lineage. Boxing, kickboxing, jiu-jitsu, wrestling – all my coaches have lineage.”
What drives you to fight? What is your motivation?
“It’s something I’ve always been involved in. I love fighting, most of my family are all fighters, and it’s just something that I love to do. It’s something I make a career out of, the training, all of the hard work, when I’m getting my hands wrapped in the back and I hear the audience and the crowd roaring right before I go out to the cage – it’s something I love to do and I’ve embraced it. I want to be champion, I envision myself being a champion at 185 pounds; I have all the skills to do it.”