David Branch’s contract with the UFC has been terminated for the second time.
The former two-division WSOF champ was released by the industry leader one day after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) handed him a two-year suspension for a failed drug test. The fighter (22-6) failed an out-of-competition test on May 24 testing positive for a substance that mimics growth hormone and has been on the ban list for a year now.
In 2016, Branch re-signed with the UFC after a star-making comeback in the WSOF (now rebranded as the PFL). But recent octagon outings were problematic, and he had lost his past two fights, including a 49-second submission setback against Jack Hermansson in March.