David Branch Says He's Going to Heal Up After WSOF Title Win
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.25.2014
He wants to fight again this year though...
David Branch spoke with MMAjunkie about his WSOF middleweight title win at WSOF 10 and more. Check out the highlights:
On taking some time to heal following his title win: "I want to sit back a little bit. I had a couple minor injuries going into this fight. I'm going to let that stuff heal up, and then I'm right back. I'd like to fight again before the year's out, maybe a couple times."
On having a target on him now: "Right now, I'm in a position where I can let guys come to me. I'm the champ. The rankings, that's just a matter of opinion. The mission is to defend my title and then take it from there."
On quieting his detractors: "My background, I came from absolutely nothing. I had it really hard coming up in tenement buildings and projects as a kid. To be on national TV with so many people around me, to be able to win a recognized world title, it just meant a whole lot – especially beating a guy like Jesse Taylor, who's fought so many people. It was a really amazing thing. A lot of people didn't have me winning that fight. I just silenced everybody who doubted me. It was just joy, so much that the tears came out. I was overwhelmed with all kinds of happiness and emotion."
On the fight: "I knew that, one, I was going to be able to put Jesse on his back, and I knew that he was going to underrate my wrestling. I knew that my jiu-jitsu was a lot better than his, so when he shot in on me I was able to get the scramble. He went for the guillotine, but the guillotine never was a danger. It's very easy to defend that move – as long as you don't pull your head out. I tricked him – I went to pass the wrong way so his grip would loosen so he could try to switch to the high-elbow guillotine, and he did. When he did that, I was able to pop my head out. From there, I knew I was going to be able to pass. He's got a lot of submission wins by guillotine, so he's pretty confident in that move. I think he probably said to himself if he goes down to his back, he's going to probably be able to scramble right back up. But that wasn't the case."