Although the World Series of Fighting fell one championship bout short of the three it had intended for WSOF 15 on Saturday night in Tampa, Fla., that didn’t stop any of the three champions on the card from winning.
WSOF middleweight champion Dave Branch squared off with UFC veteran Yushin Okami in the night’s main event, a fight that many believed would see a title change hands.
The two phenomenal grapplers hit the mat in the opening round with neither overly threatening to the other, but that would be the last of the ground battle. From then on, the fight became a contest to show the world who the better striker was.
Okami is known for a sold stand-up game and it showed throughout, the two men trading hard shots. It was Branch that found the button, however, using his right hand to send Okami crashing to the canvas in the fourth frame.
Branch followed him down and finished the fight with a flurry of punches to put a stamp on his WSOF middleweight title.
The lightweight championship was taken out of the picture on Friday when Melvin Guillard missed weight for his fight with Justin Gaethje, but both men still fought like the strap was there for the taking.
In his trademark aggressive style, Guillard started strong, rocking Gaethje in the opening frame, but the champion bounced back in round two. Gaethje had Guillard rocked in the second frame, landing some hard liver shots and a jumping knee, but Guillard took what the champ dished out and fought his way out of trouble.
Gaethje shifted gears in the final frame, chopping away at Guillard’s lead leg with a steady diet of leg kicks, effectively setting up some solid right hands, and taking away Guillard’s jab. It was a pivotal turn in the fight, and was just enough for Gaethje to earn a split decision nod from the judges.
Jessica Aguilar faced a stern test from Kalindra Faria, who utilized a strong dose of Muay Thai skills to launch elbows and knees at Aguilar throughout their five-round strawweight championship fight.
It was Aguilar, however, that utilized her strong wrestling skills to control the fight, punishing Faria when pressing her up against the fence, and utilizing doses of ground and pound to take the wind out of her sails.
Aguilar remained the strawweight champion, earning a unanimous decision from the judges in defense of her belt.
Jorge Patino vs. Eric Reynolds, quite simply, was a bloodbath. The two were a crimson mess in their three-round battle, but Patino emerged the victor earning the nod from all three judges in the main card opener.
World Series of Fighting 15 Results
Dave Branch def. Yushin Okami by TKO (Strikes) at 3:39, R4
Justin Gaethje def. Melvin Guillard by Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Jessica Aguilar def. Kalindra Faria by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Jorge Patino def. Eric Reynolds by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Matt Frevola def. Josh Zuckerman by Submission (Triangle/Armbar) at 2:50, R1
Maurice Salmon def. Javier Torres by TKO (Doctor Stoppage) at 5:00, R1
Anderson Hutchinson def. Troy Gerhart by Unanimous Decision
Ryan Keenan def. Jose Cortes by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 2:16, R3
Tony Way def. Frederico Moncaio by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:03, R3
Hector Ochoa def. Robert Reed by Split Decision
Reggie Pena def. Joe Johnson by Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) at 4:15, R1