World Series of Fighting returned to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday night for WSOF 10: Branch vs. Taylor, which featured three title bouts.
The main event featured David Branch vs. Jesse Taylor for the inaugural WSOF middleweight championship and Branch wasted little time proving why he was in the bout.
Taylor went for an early takedown. Branch was unable to stuff it and ended up in a guillotine choke. Taylor couldn’t sink it, however, and Branch turned the tables, securing a D’arce choke.
It didn’t take long for Branch to pull the choke tight. Taylor’s lights went dim and the referee quickly stepped in to call a halt to the bout.
And just like that, Branch became the first WSOF middleweight champion.
“I can’t describe the emotions I’m going through right now. It’s been a really long road,” said Branch after the fight. “I’ve arrived.”
Rick Glenn fought featherweight champion Georgi Karakhanyan with the quiet confidence that he told MMAWeekly.com before the fight that he would, and it paid off.
Karakhanyan took charge in the opening round, putting Glenn in several bad positions early. He worked for a choke, transitioned to mount and dropped a few shots, and then secured an armbar. Glenn somehow escaped, however, and worked Karakhanyan over for the final minute of the frame.
The champion tried to secure takedowns in the second round, but Glenn reversed the attempts and brutalized Karakhanyan for a majority of the round with ground and pound that included several hard knees to the ribs on the mat and an onslaught of punches powerful punches on the feet.
The knees in particular paid huge dividends, as it appeared Karakhanyan suffered damage to his ribs, forcing his corner to throw in the towel after round two.
Glenn said before the fight that he had to look at it as just another fight, winning the belt would just be a bonus. After the fight, however, that bonus really sunk in, leaving Glenn celebrating as the new WSOF featherweight champion.
Women’s strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar put her belt on the line against Japanese import Emi Fujino in a bout that looked like it might be over in the opening round.
Aguilar busted Fujino open early, keeping her off of her rhythm with leg kicks, but leaving her a bloody mess by the end of round one due to a steady diet of punches. The champion couldn’t put her foe away though.
Aguilar maintained the edge throughout the fight, picking her apart on the feet, and nearly finishing her with an arm triangle choke in round three. Unable to finish with the choke, Aguilar did more significant damage in the round by moving to mount and pummeling Fujino for the final minute.
It was still all-Aguilar in rounds four and five, but she couldn’t overcome Fujino’s heart, and had to settle for a unanimous decision instead of the finish she worked so hard for.
Earlier on the main card, CFA lightweight champion Luiz Firmino continued his assault on the WSOF 155 pounders by scoring a decision victory over UFC veteran Tyson Griffin.
After failing to capture the promotion’s featherweight belt from Georgi Karakhanyan at WSOF 7, Lance Palmer rebounded at WSOF 10 with a first-round rear-naked-choke finish of Nick Lobosco.
WSOF 10 Results
David Branch def. Jesse Taylor by Sub (D’arce Choke) at 1:41, R1
Rick Glenn def. Georgi Karakhanyan by TKO (Rib Injury) at 5:00, R2
Jessica Aguilar def. Emi Fujino by Unan Dec
Luiz Firmino def. Tyson Griffin by Unan Dec
Lance Palmer def. Nick Lobosco by Sub (Rear Naked Choke) at 4:15, R1
Derrick Mehmen def. Dave Huckaba by Unan Dec
Timur Valiev def. Adam Acquaviva by KO (Flying Knee) at 1:35, R3
Krasimir Mladenov def. Angel DeAnda by Unan Dec
Ashlee Evans-Smith def. Marciea Allen by TKO (Elbows) at 3:01, R3
Jimmy Spicuzza def. Justin Jaynes by Unan Dec
A.J. Williams def. Tanner Cowan by KO (Head Kick & Punches) at 0:44, R1