From the sounds of it, there could be a big middleweight fight announcement coming in the very near future. Former two-division World Series of Fighting champion David Branch says he’s signed a contract to fight former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and he is urging the Brazilian to put pen to paper himself.
— David Branch (@DavidcBranchMMA) June 8, 2018
“Yo JACARE I’m ready and I’ve signed, what you waiting for,” Branch said in a Thursday evening Tweet.
David Branch last fought in April when he authored a thudding, first-round knockout over Brazilian striking specialist Thiago Santos. With this win, Branch rebounded from a second-round stoppage loss to former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold. These fights were preceded by a decision win over Krzysztof Jotko in his long-awaited return to the UFC’s Octagon. The 36 year old is a strong 22-4 overall.
Jacare, meanwhile, last fought at UFC 224 in his native Brazil, where he gave up a competitive decision to surging middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum. This loss was preceded by a head-kick knockout of Derek Brunson, a TKO loss to reigning UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker, and a pair of stoppage wins over Tim Boetsch and Vitor Belfort. Jacare, now 38 years old, is 25-6 overall.
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 6/8/2018.