Branch has his moments against Luke Rockhold in his last fight before succumbing to second-round strikes. In fact, the onslaught was so bad that Branch tapped to strikes.
Needless to say, the former two-division WSOF champion needed a win on Saturday to shake off the Rockhold loss, and boy did he do it in style.
Branch marched down Thiago Santos, who was the better striker between the two. However, the threat of Branch’s takedowns created an opening midway through the first round, when Branch uncorked a massive overhand that put ‘Maretta’s’ lights out.
Branch’s first-round knockout put him in an exciting spot in the UFC’s stacked middleweight division.
A fight with the winner of Uriah Hall vs. Paulo Costa makes sense for the former WSOF middleweight and light heavyweight champion.