Thiago Santos to Face David Branch, Patrick Cummins Gets Corey Anderson at UFC Atlantic City

Thiago Santos appeared at UFC 213 (shown here facing Nate Marquardt)
Thiago Santos Credit: Gleidson Venga/

The UFC Fight Night 128 card in Atlantic City is beginning to fill out, with David Branch facing Thiago Santos on the card.

Despite headliner Eryk Anders desiring a date with former WSOF champion David Branch, it will be another UFC Belem alum getting the opportunity. The UFC made a pair of fights official for it’s UFC Atlantic City card in April on Tuesday via it’s Brazilian website. The bouts feature Thiago Santos taking on Branch in a middleweight contest, and Corey Anderson meeting Patrick Cummins at light heavyweight.

David Branch had previously been set to face Yoel Romero at the upcoming UFC on FOX 28. However, Romero was promoted to the UFC 221 main event following an injury to middleweight champion Robert Whittaker. Branch, a two-division champ in the WSOF, picked up a win over Krzysztof Jotko at UFC 211 upon re-joining the UFC last year. His win streak was halted by Luke Rockhold at UFC Pittsburgh in September, however. Currently in his second UFC stint, Branch (21–4) will look to get back on track against Santos (17–5), who has four wins via TKO in his past four fights.

Santos’ war with Anthony Smith at UFC Belem earned the pair Fight of the Night honors. After UFC Belem, he was vocal about facing a top-flight opponent.

Also added to UFC Atlantic City (UFC Fight Night 128) is a light heavyweight clash between Patrick Cummins (10–4) and Corey Anderson (9–4). The fight was originally scheduled for UFC 217 last November. Cummins, however, was forced out due to a staph infection.

Anderson, a former Ultimate Fighter winner, has struggled of late, dropping three of his last four bouts.

UFC Atlantic City takes place April 21 at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ.