David Branch to Face Jacare Souza at UFC 230

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David Branch has been hunting an Alligator for a while now, and his efforts have finally paid off as the UFC has matched him up with Jacare Souza — at UFC 230.

A key middleweight bout appears set for Madison Square Garden in New York this Fall. As first reported by ESPN, David Branch will take on Jacare Souza at UFC 230. Branch has been campaigning for the fight for a while now, and it appears his efforts have paid off.

Branch (22–4), a dual-weight champion back in the WSOF, has gone 2-1 in his current UFC run. Branch, who also fought for the promotion in 2010-2011, has picked up wins over Krzysztof Jotko and most recently Thiago Santos, the latter a blistering KO. His only loss of late came against former middleweight champ Luke Rockhold.

Holding gold at middleweight and light heavyweight in the WSOF, Branch has been fighting exclusively at 185lbs since making his UFC return.

Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza (25–6 (1)), himself a former Strikeforce middleweight champion, has been trading wins and losses across his past four fights. Last time out, he dropped a close split decision to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 224.

UFC 230 takes place November 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY. No main event has been announced for the card as of yet.