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World Series of Fighting adds fourth title fight to New York City debut card

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A fight card with three title bouts is an infrequent thing. Four championship fights? Almost unheard of.

World Series of Fighting, however, will make the four-title-fight card a reality when it debuts in New York City on Dec. 31.

The company announced Monday that middleweight champion and NYC native David Branch will put his title on the line against Louis Taylor at WSOF 34 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

Additionally, bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes, who had previously been scheduled for the show, officially got an opponent in challenger Josenaldo Silva.

Branch (18-3), who is also WSOF light heavyweight champion, is coming off a successful defense of the latter belt against Vinny Magalhaes at WSOF 33. He's won nine straight fights since a decision loss to Anthony Johnson in 2012. Taylor (13-1), a 37-year-old from Chicago, has competed in Bellator and Strikeforce and has won six in a row, most recently a submission win over Phil Hawes.

Moraes (17-4-1), who has been with the company since WSOF 1 and recently signed a new deal, has won 12 straight fights, with finishes in four of his past five. Silva (25-4), from Manaus, Brazil, makes his WSOF debut on a 17-fight win streak.

WSOF also announced that former heavyweight champ Smealinho Rama (9-2) will fight at light heavyweight against Jake Huen (9-4), and Jared Rosholt (14-3) will make his WSOF debut against fellow heavyweight Caio Alencar (9-1).

The two title fights are added to a card which includes previously announced bouts between lightweight champion Justin Gaethje and Joao Zeferino, and welterweight champion Jon Fitch vs. Jake Shields. The matinee show will air live on NBC.

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