Only a handful of fighters today can say they have fought in all three of the biggest MMA organizations in the United States, and even fewer can say they are at the top of their game. That fact has not deterred David Branch, the current World Series of Fighting (WSOF) middleweight champion, from rising above all others in the NBC Sports showcased promotion.

Since his submission loss to Rousimar Palhares and subsequent release from the UFC in March 2011, Branch has gone 6-1, improving his overall record to 14-3. He was a part of the WSOF roster on day one. He is currently riding a four-fight winning streak, capping it all off with an impressive first-round submission victory over Jesse Taylor for the inaugural 185-pound title.

A fighter who prefers to stay active, Branch was looking for an end-of-year title defense if all goes well. Shortly after this interview took place, it was announced that Branch would defend his title against former UFC title contender and Japanese star Yushin Okami in October. This was the fight many were expecting the WSOF to make. Okami was a perennial contender in the UFC. He is recognized by most as a top-1o fighter, and he is coming off a win at WSOF 9 in March.

The MMA Corner’s Justin Fuller caught up with Branch at the World MMA Expo in New York City.

Watch the video interview above to hear Branch talk about being the champ and fighting for WSOF and his attitude of welcoming all challengers.