This is the WSOF 2 live blog for Paulo Filho vs. Dave Branch, a middleweight bout at Saturday night's WSOF 2 event at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City.
Filho, who is 2-2-1 in his past five fights, will face Branch, who has won three of his past five fights, on the main card.
Check out the WSOF 2 live blog below.
Round 1: Referee Kevin Mulhall oversees this middleweight bout. Branch measuring his distance with straight punches. Branch changes levels and powers Filho to the canvas, advancing into half guard. Branch working short punches to the head and body. More shots to the body from Branch. Filho not doing much to escape. Branch just loading up with those right hands to the ribs. Branch nearly advances to mount. Filho fights it off, eventually regaining full guard. Branch staying patient, picking his shots from top position. The fans are getting restless with this one. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Branch.
Round 2: Filho slips off a high kick. Filho recovers but eats a straight right for his troubles. Looping punches missing wildly for Filho. Branch bulldozes forward with jabs and crosses. Branch unloads a knee to the head from the clinch that staggers Filho. Branch pressures forward and dumps Filho on his back. Filho slowly works his way up. Quick restart from Mulhall. More wild, looping punches completely miss their mark from Filho. Branch changes levels for a power double, landing in side control. Branch pinning Filho's arms while unloading short punches on his head. More unanswered punches. This one could be over soon. Branch loudly counting the number of unanswered punches, "18! 19! 20!" Filho looking completely listless here. Branch reverts to elbows and knees to the midsection. Branch briefly with knee on belly. More punches. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Branch.
Round 3: Branch cracks Filho with an inside leg kick. Filho throws out a lazy spinning technique and loses his balance. Branch dives on top of him, unleashing a torrent of short elbows and punches. Branch with a series of lefts to the body, and another. More short shots from Branch. The audience isn't enjoying this one and they're letting it be known. Mulhall finally breaks the fighters back to the center of the cage. Filho eats a jab. Filho drops his hands and Branch lunges in with a flying knee. Filho blocks a head kick. Branch picking his shots. Branch changes levels and easily dumps Filho on his back. MMA Fighting scores the round 10-9 Branch, and the fight 30-27 Branch.
David Branch def. Paulo Filho via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)