Unbeaten lightweight Justin Gaethje will continue to compete in the WSOF cage. | Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
World Series of Fighting on Monday announced that three reigning WSOF champions have signed new contracts with the Las Vegas-based organization.
Lightweight champ Justin Gaethje, bantamweight titleholder Marlon Moraes and middleweight ace David Branch all recently inked “new, exclusive, multi-year agreements,” according to a release. The news was first reported by MMAFighting.com earlier this month.
“All three fighters are a testimony to our product and the world-class brand we have been building,” WSOF President Ray Sefo said in a statement, “and we look forward to ushering WSOF into its next phase of growth with them on board.”
Gaethje, 26, holds an unblemished record of 14-0 and has successfully defended his 155-pound belt against the likes of Melvin Guillard and Nick Newell since claiming it in January 2014. “The Highlight” last saw action in March, when he took out challenger Luis Palomino in the third round with the chopping leg kicks which are fast becoming Gaethje’s trademark.
Moraes, 27, currently rides a nine-fight winning streak, seven of which have come under the WSOF banner. The U.S.-based Brazilian is set to put his 145-pound title on the line against countryman Sheymon da Silva Moraes on Aug. 1 in the co-main event of WSOF 22.
Branch, 33, captured the WSOF 185-pound strap in June 2014 by submitting Jesse Taylor, then defended it in stunning fashion by punching out longtime top-10 middleweight Yushin Okami in November. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie, Branch has moved up to 205 pounds to compete in WSOF’s light heavyweight title tournament and choked out his first opponent, Jesse McElligott, in April.