UFC Philadelphia will reportedly feature a middleweight bout between David Branch and Jack Hermansson, according to an MMA Junkie report. The prelims will air on ESPN +, and the main card airs on ESPN. UFC Philadelphia takes place on March 30 from the Wells Fargo Arena and will be headlined by Justin Gaethje taking on Edson Barboza.
Jack Hermansson currently boasts a record of 18-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC and is currently on a two-fight winning streak over former title contender Thales Leites and, most recently, Gerald Meerschaert at UFC on Fox: Lee vs Iaquinta 2 last December, where Hermansson picked up the first-round submission via guillotine choke. David Branch is currently ranked #11 in the world, and a victory over Branch would land Jack Hermansson a spot in the rankings for the first time in his UFC career.
As for David Branch, the former World Series of Fighting double champion is 2-2 since returning to the UFC with losses to Luke Rockhold and Jared Cannonier, and his two victories coming over Krzysztof Jotko and Thiago Santos. The loss the Cannonier marked the second TKO loss in three fights for the 37-year-old. Branch will look to get back on track and potentially return to the top 10 with a victory over Hermansson next month.
With the addition of David Branch vs. Jack Hermansson, here is the updated UFC on Philadephia lineup:
Main Event: Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Michelle Waterson
David Branch vs. Jack Hermansson
Alexa Grasso vs. Marina Rodriguez
Desmond Green vs. Ross Pearson
Paul Craig vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu
Sheymon Moraes vs. Sodiq Yusuff
Maryna Moroz vs. Sabina Mazo
Kevin Aguilar vs. Enrique Barzola
Who’s your pick to win this middleweight bout for UFC Philadelphia? David Branch or Jack Hermansson?