David Branch - the Middleweight Will Brooks.

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  1. VenomCarnage

    VenomCarnage R.I.P. FRANKIENYC

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    Absolute bust.

    Gets a gift of a fight against Jotko and arguably doesn't even win that. Then gets fast tracked into a huge spot against Rockhold, has him in all sorts of trouble and ends up being forced to tap to strikes.

    Got a good KO over Santos which has aged well with Thiago going up to 205lbs and having success. That said, would you be surprised if Santos beat him 9 out of 10 times, because I wouldn't be that surprised. Slept by Cannonier in a gimme fight, and now choked out inside a minute by Hermansson.

    This guy was meant to be elite and now he's staring at 1 dodgy decision win and 1 win which could be deemed somewhat of a fluke.

    Disappointed.
     
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  2. Area809

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    Not his first rodeo in the UFC. Not sure any fans had high hopes for him.
     
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    Will Brooks is a good comparison.
     
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    icffedor Blue Belt

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    This. Goes on big streak vs lesser comp doesnt make him contender, plus hes getting long in the tooth.
     
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    I was a big Ill Will fan but he was a bit deflated and less ripped when he fought in the UFC.
     
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    VenomCarnage R.I.P. FRANKIENYC

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    David Branch should be beating fighters with his head as much as his athletic abilities.

    The guy showed to have good hands and pretty solid ground work. He wasn't just fighting absolute bums outside of the UFC and therefore in my opinion should probably beat the likes of Jotko and Cannonier. He appears to have almost zero gameplan in there, he just fights.

    I personally am very disappointed in his UFC showings.
     
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  7. fractal

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    Had Rockhold in trouble? At what time? All I remember is him getting some good shots on Rockhold in the clinch, which to my surprise didn't phase Rockhold at all. That fight was a gimme for Luke, with a tiny chance that Branch caught that chin.
     
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    He nearly sparked Cuckold and knocked Santos out cold.
    I reckon he's still game.
    Not as bad as ill will anyway
     
  10. jhonathan90

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    Many fans had high hope for him since he was champ champ in World Series for Fighting.
     
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    I think he's so inconsistent because is very weak mentally, he remember me a poor version of Magny
     
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    VenomCarnage R.I.P. FRANKIENYC

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    Watch it again.

    Rockhold ate about 6 shots directly to the jaw that somehow didn't drop him. Luke looked like total shit until he got his bearings in Round 2.
     
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    VenomCarnage R.I.P. FRANKIENYC

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    I missed the reference.
     
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    Fossor Brown Belt

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    Isn't that the story of the Middlea̶g̶e̶weight?
    Rockhold
    The Chris
    Brunson
    Hall
    Souza
     
  15. CroKosor

    CroKosor ASteroid Belt ♲

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    lol that looks like Branch Sr.
     
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    Nah.

    Branch never even beat anyone in WSOF.

    Brooks had beaten Chandler twice, which are still both huge wins.

    They aren't comparable.
     
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    A win for Dave Branch is a win for Norman Smiley fans everywhere, and losses are just as impactful.
     
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    It does make him contender. Thats why he was matched up with Luke Rockold who he had in troubles, then was sheduled to fight Romero and Jacare, and also KOed Marreta Santos who seems to be in line for the LHW tittle shot.
    He got caught in his last fights. Shit happens. You should not sleep on Cannonier and Hermansson by the way. They are for real
     
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    My dude, would gladly shower you with likes, but can't due to my double dubs. <{hughesimpress}>
     
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    These sentiments are so fluctuable.

    If you made this thread exactly one year ago after Branch koed Santos, you could have made an argument for Branch being the best of the three WSOF champions that went to the UFC.
    Marlon Moraes was 2-1 and Gaetjie was 1-2 a year ago, but now both are in title contention.
     

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