David Branch returns to action inside the Octagon at the upcoming UFC on ESPN 2 event.
The former two-division WSOF champion is slated to take on ex-Cage Warriors champ Jack Hermansson in a middleweight contest at this show. The Las Vegas-based promotion recently announced the news.
The former WSOF champion is attempting to make a big jump in the tier of competition in the middleweight division. Branch is fresh off a loss to Jared Cannonier at UFC 230. Prior to this, he scored a first-round knockout of Thiago “Marreta” Santos at UFC Fight Night 128 last April.
On the flip side, Hermansson is coming off a submission win over Gerald Meerschaert in Milwaukee back in December at UFC on FOX 31. This comes after he was knocked out by Thales Leites in Brazil.
UFC on ESPN 2 is set to take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The main card will air on ESPN. The preliminary card will be split-broadcasted on ESPN and the TV network’s streaming service, ESPN +.
The promotion will be announcing more bouts for this card in the coming weeks but here’s the updated lineup:
Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Michelle Waterson
Alexa Grasso vs. Marina Rodriguez
Desmond Green vs. Ross Pearson
Paul Craig vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
Sheymon Moraes vs. Sodiq Yusuff
Maryna Moroz vs. Sabina Mazo
Kevin Aguilar vs. Enrique Barzola
David Branch vs. Jack Hermansson