All you had to do was ask.
A high stakes Middleweight match-up has just been announced for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s return to Orlando, Florida as former title contender Yoel Romero will face off against former World Series of Fighting Middleweight and Light Heavyweight champion David Branch.
The news was initially announced by a report from the Orlando Sentinel.
The bout was first mentioned in the news after David Branch respectfully called out the Cuban Middleweight via social media.
@YoelRomeroMMA people have reason to be feared by you my friend. I want to fight the most dangerous people in the world and you’re one of them. February 24 @UFCONFOX Orlando I would like to do battle with you 👊🏿 @Mickmaynard2 @danawhite
— David Branch (@DavidcBranchMMA) December 13, 2017
Romero eventually respond and accepted the challenge brought on by Branch.
— Peoples Champ (@YoelRomeroMMA) December 19, 2017
Romero (12-2, 8-1 in UFC) is coming off the first loss of his Octagon career after failing to capture the Interim Middleweight championship in a main event bout with Robert Whittaker. Romero would drop a judges decision after five full rounds. Prior to this loss, Romero has won eight straight bouts in the Octagon against names such as Derek Brunson, Lyoto Machida, Ronaldo Souza and former UFC Middleweight champion Chris Weidman. Of Romero’s 12 career wins, 10 have come by way of knockout or TKO.
Branch (21-4, 3-3 in UFC) made his return to the UFC this year after a long run in the now reconditioned World Series of Fighting organization where Branch became the promotions Middleweight and Light Heavyweight division champion. After going 2-2 in the UFC throughout his first run, Branch went 12-1 outside the promotion, losing only to Anthony Johnson in a Light Heavyweight bout. Branch most recently faced former world champion Luke Rockhold and lost via TKO in the second round.
UFC on Fox 28 takes place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24, 2018. Also added on the card:
- Yoel Romero vs. David Branch
- Jake Collier vs. Marcin Prachnio
Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier
Ben Saunders vs. Alan Jouban
Jéssica Andrade vs. Tecia Torres