World Series of Fighting held their 10th event, WSOF 10 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on Saturday evening. The event featured three title fights on the main card, which aired on the NBC Sports Network.
The main event features the final of the 4-man middleweight tournament between Jesse Taylor (27-9) and Dave Branch (13-3) to crown the inaugural WSOF Middleweight champion. WSOF featherweight champion, Georgi Karakhanyan (23-3-1) makes his 1st title defense, against Rick Glenn (14-2). And WSOF Women’s strawweight champion, Jessica Aguilar (17-4) also makes her 1st title defense against Emi Fujino (13-7).
At the end of the day, two new champs were crowned at WSOF 10, as the underdogs prevailed. While the queen of the women’s strawweight division, remained the queen.
David Branch submits Jesse Taylor to capture the inaugural WSOF middleweight title
Jesse Taylor (27-10) defeated Elvis Mutapcic to solidify his spot in the finals, while David Branch (14-4) earned his shot by defeating Danillo Villefort in the semifinals of the 4-man middleweight tournament. Taylor came into this fight on a 7-fight win streak. Branch was undefeated in 3 bouts inside WSOF, and would remain that way, snapping the win streak of JT Money.
David Branch timed a takedown in the early stages of the fight, while on the bottom, Jesse Taylor attempted a guillotine choke and held on for about a good minute before Branch escaped. Taylor quickly tried to make his way to his feet, but as he did he left his neck exposed allowing Branch to latch onto a d’Arce choke to drag him back down to the mat. Branch showed strong finishing ability, completing the choke and forcing Jesse Taylor to tap–becoming the inaugural WSOF middleweight champion.
An emotional David Branch celebrated the victory post-fight with tears in his eyes as he spoke on the mic, “I’ve arrived,” Branch said.
Rick Glenn upsets and overwhelms Georgi Karakhanyan to capture the WSOF Featherweight title
Rick “The Gladiator” Glenn (15-2-1) remained unbeatened in 14 straight bouts, as he overwhelmed champion Georgi Karakhanyan (23-4-1)
Karakhanyan wasted no time getting the fight to the mat, from there he rapidly went from submission attempt to submission attempt, first the guillotine choke, then taking the back of Glenn, and had a deep armbar attempt that Glenn would escape and get on top. From there, Glenn remained on top in the first delivering ground and pound to the champion.
Karakhanyan again attempted a takedown in round 2, got Glenn to the mat but only to be reversed by Glenn, who got on top and relentlessly reigned down with punches against the fence. Glenn came very close to stopping the fight multiple times in the 2nd round, but Georgi would survive the round. However in between the 2nd and 3rd rounds, the fight would be stopped as Georgi Karakhaynan suffered broken ribs from the punishment delivered by Rick Glenn and could not continue.
The Roufusport trained, Rick Glenn upset Georgi Karakhanyan–snapping his 9 fight win streak—and became the new WSOF Featherweight champion.
Jessica Aguilar dominates over 5 rounds to defend WSOF Strawweight championship
The #1 ranked women’s strawweight in the world, Jessica Aguilar (18-4) successfully defended her strawweight title, winning a unanimous decision over Emi Fujino (13-8). Aguilar utilitized lateral movement and continually landed crisp 1-2 combinations, she displayed her superior boxing by beating Fujino to the punch every time. In the 3rd Aguilar had a deep arm-triangle choke attempt on Fujino, but Emi survived for over a minute, leading to Aguilar finishing the fight in mount and delivering a high volume of punches.
Bruised and battered, but no quit, Emi Fujino–who has never been finished in her career—showed heart in the championship rounds, fighting back but it was more of the same as Jessica Aguilar easily won all 5 rounds on the judge’s scorecards.
Rounding out the WSOF 10 5-fight main card was a lightweight fight between former UFC veteran Tyson Griffin (16-8) looking for his first WSOF win against Luiz Firmino (18-6). Firmino won his 5th straight bout, and improved to 2-0 in WSOF defeating Tyson Griffin by Unanimous Decision. Both fighters stood and traded strikes for the majority of the fight with Firmino getting the better of the exchanges, having Tyson Grifin in trouble in the first. Griffin would use his wrestling to get the takedown and win the 3rd, but it was too late.
Opening the main card, former WSOF featherweight title challenger Lance Palmer (8-1) bounced back from his first career loss, making quick work of the previously undefeated Nick Lobosco (7-1). Palmer took him down and got back mount before sinking in the rear naked choke in round 1.
Full WSOF 10 Results:
Main Card (10 PM EST, NBC Sports Network)
- WSOF Middleweight title: David Branch def. Jesse Taylor via Submission (D’Arce choke)–Round 1, 1:41
- WSOF Featherweight title: Rick Glenn def. Georgi Karakhanyan via TKO (doctor stoppage)–Round 2, 5:00
- WSOF Women’s Strawweight title: Jessica Aguilar def. Emi Fujino via Unanimous Decision (50-44, 50-44, 50-44)
- Luiz Firmino def. Tyson Griffin via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
- Lance Palmer def. Nick LoBosco via Submissoin (rear-naked choke)–Round 1, 4:15
Preliminary Card (7 PM EST, WSOF.com)
- Derrick Mehmen def. Dave Huckaba via Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-27)
- Timur Valiev def. Rudy Morales via Knockout (knee)–Round 3, 1:35
- Krasimir Mladenov def. Angel DeAnda via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Ashlee Evans-Smith def. Marciea Allen via TKO (elbows)–Round 3, 3:01
- Jimmy Spicuzza def. Justin Jaynes via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- A.J. Williams def. Tanner Cowan via TKO (strikes)–Round 1, 0:44