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Clifford Starks meets Krasimir Mladenov in WSOF middleweight title eliminator in March

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

World Series of Fighting's middleweight contender picture will be much clearer by next month.

Krasimir Mladenov will meet Clifford Starks in a title eliminator at WSOF 19 on March 28 in Phoenix, has learned. The victor will take on 185-pound champion David Branch at a later date.

Mladenov (12-0) is a perfect 3-0 in WSOF and coming off a unanimous decision win over Brendan Kornberger last month. The Bulgarian prospect is a wrestling specialist -- so much so that his nickname is "The Wrestler." Starks (10-2), a UFC veteran, has won two straight, most recently a second-round submission against Jacob Ortiz for Bellator last September.

Branch (15-3) won the WSOF middleweight belt by beating former UFC title contender Yushin Okami by TKO in the fourth round at WSOF 15 in November.

WSOF 19 is headlined by a lightweight title fight between Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino. In the co-main event, Thiago Silva meets Ronny Markes in the semifinals of the promotion's light heavyweight title tournament.

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