Souza (25-6-0-1NC) has won just one of his last three under the UFC banner, with that lone victory coming over Derek Brunson at UFC On Fox 27. Souza has suffered a total of three defeats while competing in the UFC, which is the most losses the fighter has suffered in any promotion. Souza has suffered a total of six defeats as a professional MMA fighter, but the Brazilian has never been finished by way of submission.
Branch (22-4-0) has won two of three bouts during his second round in the UFC, with those wins coming over the duo of Thiago Santos and Krzysztof Jotko. Branch was a dual champion in the World Series Of Fighting, as he held the promotion’s middleweight and light heavyweight titles. Branch has suffered just a single defeat in the last six-plus years, which came to former UFC Middleweight Champion Luke Rockhold at UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh.
UFC 230 takes place on Saturday, November 3 from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York with no main event announced at this time. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.