RCC 7: Watch Alexander Shlemenko Tap David Branch With Nasty Choke/Crank

David Branch returned to action today, for the first time since exiting the UFC, but the former WSOF champ fell victim to a painful looking submission from Alexander Shlemenko.

David Branch’s first bout in his post-UFC run didn’t go well today in Russia, as the middleweight was submitted by former Bellator champ, Alexander Shlemenko.

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Shlemenko taps the BJJ black belt out in round one

Branch took Shlemenko to the floor early on into their RCC 7 bout, but, the highlight reel striker defended several choke attempts and returned back to his feet. As you can see by watching the clip below, as round one neared its end, Shlemenko submitted Branch with a nasty, nasty looking choke/crank.

RCC 7 took place in the Russian city of Ekaterinburg.

The latest win for Shlemenko

Today’s victory was the 59th of Shlemenko’s career, and it moved the Russian’s overall record to 59-12. Shlemenko is riding a three-fight winning streak.

Branch’s meanwhile, fell to 22-7 and it was the American’s third straight loss. In March, Branch was quickly submitted by Jack Hermansson at UFC Philadelphia.

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