David Branch picked up an easy win, submitting late replacement Jesse McElligott in the WSOF 20 main event on Saturday.
Branch proved to be the superior fighter on his way to securing a Von Flue choke at 1:28 of Round 2.
Branch set the tone early and landed a series of high kicks. He then secured a clinch and worked McElligott to the floor. From there, Branch worked strikes from within the guard for the rest of the round.
In the second, Branch began to tee off and land various strikes as McElligott covered up. Branch again secured a takedown and worked from side control while McElligott held a headlock on the far side. The ending came when Branch leveraged the headlock by transitioning to mount and securing the Von Flue choke.
McElligott, who stepped in for Ronny Markes on short notice, was unconscious as the referee pulled him off. Markes had to pull out of the fight yesterday due to dehydration.
With the win, Branch moves on to the promotion’s light heavyweight tournament final.
In the co-main event, Nick Newell bounced back from his first career defeating, earning a unanimous decision over Joe Condon. Despite being fatigued in the final round, Newell showed enough in the first two frames to earn scores of 29-28, 29-28 and 29-28.
Earlier winners included Emmanuel Walo beating superhero “Phoenix Jones,” also known as Ben Fodor. Other main-card winners were Steve Mocco and Ozzy Dugulubgov.