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Marvin Vettori replaces David Branch, meets Andrew Sanchez at UFC Vancouver

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Former WSOF champion David Branch reportedly was forced off the Sept. 14 card due to a “health issue.”

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Sacramento-Vettori vs Ferreira Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The first change to the UFC Vancouver card has occurred.

Replacing David Branch, Marvin Vettori is set to meet Andrew Sanchez in a middleweight bout on Sept. 14, The Canadian Press reported Thursday. Branch was reportedly forced out of the contest due to a “health issue.” MMA Junkie first reported Branch’s withdrawal.

Vettori is coming off a win over Cezar Ferreira in July at UFC Sacramento. He returned to the cage in that bout after a 15-month layoff due to a positive USADA test for ostarine. Vettori served a six-month suspension, but the UFC’s anti-doping partner determined his failure was consistent with supplement contamination.

Prior to his win over Ferreira, Vettori fell to current interim champion Israel Adesanya in a competitive decision. The Italian fighter is 3-2-1 in the UFC.

In his last bout, Sanchez defeated Canadian prospect Marc-Andre Barriault in May at UFC Ottawa. Sanchez, 31, has won two in a row.

UFC Vancouver is expected to be headlined by a lightweight bout between Justin Gaethje and Donald Cerrone.