by Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
An undercard bout has been added to UFC 116 on July 3 as Gerald Harris returns to action to face first time Octagon fighter and Renzo Gracie disciple Dave Branch.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to one of the fighters, and was first reported by MMAJunkie.com.
Since returning to the UFC in January, Gerald Harris (15-2) is undefeated in two fights with two impressive stoppages to his credit. A TKO over John Salter and then another TKO over Matt Hume student Mario Miranda have Harris on a nice streak heading into UFC 116.
Stepping in to oppose Harris will be UFC newcomer Dave Branch (6-0) who signed with the UFC just recently, and now makes his debut at the July show.
A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie, Branch is still undefeated in his young career and has not gone to decision yet, finishing all six opponents no later than the second round. Branch has also competed in Bellator Fighting Championships, but now makes the move over to the UFC.
The bout between Harris and Branch will be on the untelevised undercard for the UFC 116 show taking place in Las Vegas.