Branch enters UFC on Versus 3 fray
Sources close to the fight informed Heavy.com of the news on Wednesday morning.
Branch last competed at the Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale, earning a decision victory over Rich Attonito. He enters the bout with Palhares on a two-fight winning streak.
Palhares lost to Nate Marquardt in his last bout at a UFC Fight Night in September.
Ferreira was forced to withdraw from the bout after losing several friends and family members due to recent flooding in Brazil.