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Gerald Harris Meets Newcomer Dave Branch at UFC 116 on July 3

Undefeated Bellator veteran Dave Branch, who recently signed a four-fight deal with the UFC, will make his Octagon debut against fellow middleweight Gerald Harris on the preliminary card of “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin” on July 3 in Las Vegas, the UFC today announced.

A castmember on The Ultimate Fighter 7, Harris (15-2) wasn’t immediately picked up by the UFC, but made his UFC debut in January with a “Knockout of the Night” of John Salter, then scored a first-round TKO of Mario Miranda at UFC Fight Night 21 in March.

Branch (6-0) has never gone past the second round in six professional fights, scoring three knockouts and three submissions to remain undefeated, including a second-round rear naked choke of Derrick Mehman on the preliminary card of April’s Bellator 15.

UFC 116 is headlined by the return of heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar vs. interim title-holder Shane Carwin, and also features Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Wanderlei Silva.

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Pictured: Gerald Harris


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