Two-division WSOF champion David Branch is now a free agent.
The 35-year old appeared on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour where he announced that he would be relinquishing his middleweight and light-heavyweight titles to pursue opportunities outside of WSOF.
When discussing his decision to leave the promotion, he revealed that there were some misunderstandings between him and WSOF executives.
“I’m going to be looking to explore my opportunities on the outside of WSOF,” he said “And I think it was about time for me and the company to just split ways. There was some misunderstandings that happened, and as a result of those misunderstandings it was best for me to be released and stuff like that. Plus I just want to do other things.”
Branch (20-3) is currently on a ten-fight win streak which includes five stoppage victories. His most recent win is a fifth-round submission of Louis Taylor which marks his fourth middleweight title defense. He also had four fights under the UFC banner between 2010 and 2011 where he went 2-2.
In the interview, he talked about his aspirations to return to the UFC to prove that he is the best in the world.
“I think one of the big things that people — people and the media, and to myself, you know I’m 35 years old right now and at the end of this whole fighting career, and I’m a two-division champion and all that — but people will always say, ‘well he didn’t do it in the UFC.’ Well you know, here’s the deal. I’m a free agent now. People have been saying for years that I’m the best fighter on the outside of the UFC. I disagree. I believe that I’m the best fighter in the world. And I think that now is my opportunity to be able to prove that.
“I’m no longer a part of the company because it’s just time for me to grow,” he continued. “It’s time for me go and just do bigger things. It’s time for me to have bigger challenges for myself, there’s no more challenges left for me with WSOF. I’ve just accomplished everything that there is for me to do there. It just comes time for an athlete to move on, and I think that this is my time right now.”