World Series of Fighting 10 Results





All photo credit to: Lucas Noonan/WSOF – Additional photos below 

LAS VEGAS – David Branch (14-3) is World Series of Fighting’s inaugural middleweight champion after submitting Jesse Taylor (27-10) in the first round of their championship fight.

The bout served as the main event of Saturday’s “World Series of Fighting 10: Branch vs. Taylor” event, which took place at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas and aired live on NBCSN.
Branch was overcome with emotion after the fight as the Brooklyn, N.Y., resident and former iron worker openly wept as his hand was raised as WSOF’s newest champion.  “I came from nothing,” Branch said afterward. “I know that when I was a kid my mom always struggled. There were three of us and sometimes we only had one meal a day.”

Taylor was the first to go on the attack, clinching up and falling to his back to lock in a guillotine choke. But Branch kept himself safe in the hold, forcing Taylor to let go. When Taylor subsequently scrambled up for a better position, Branch instantly locked in the D’Arce choke and cinched it tight. Taylor tried to resist but was forced to tap at the 1:41 mark of the opening round.In the night’s co-feature, Rick Glenn (14-3) survived a certain finish by armbar to bounce back and score a TKO win at the end of the second frame and unseat former champion Georgi Karakhanyan (23-4).

A heavy favorite in the matchup, Karakhanyan looked strong in the early going, bringing the fight to the floor and moving to his opponent’s back before locking in an armbar that left Glenn’s limb vulnerable. But the Roufusport fighter battled through the hold and somehow survived until the bell.

“When he took my back I could feel him breathing heavy and I was able to land a couple of punches,” Glenn said. “I just stayed on him. I knew coming in he was the big favorite. It’s nice now that I have this belt that I won’t have to worry about calling anyone out.”

He added: “I want to finish fights and I want to put on exciting fights for the fans. I don’t want to leave it in the judges hands and get screwed.”

Things changed dramatically in the second, as Glenn took his opponent to the floor and unleashed a furious ground-and-pound barrage. Karakhanyan was wounded and tried hard to escape but endured a non-stop wave of strikes. He survived until the bell, but when he went to the stool, he revealed he was suffering from broken ribs, and the bout was called off, earning Glenn the title.

World Series of Fighting women’s strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar (18-4) kept firm hold of her belt with a dominant decision win over a tough Emi Fujino (13-8). Aguilar’s crisp boxing scored points from the start, bloodying Fujino’s nose and setting the tone for the remainder of the five-round affair. To Fujino’s credit, she never showed signs of retreat, even when she was locked deep into an arm-triangle choke

“It didn’t go exactly the way I planned, but we still got the hand raised at the end and that’s the most important thing,” Aguilar said. “She was tough. I knew she would be. But I was prepared to go five rounds; I was prepared to go 10 rounds.”

In a lightweight matchup, Luiz Firmino (18-6) earned a hard-fought decision win over highly respected veteran Tyson Griffin (16-8) in a high-paced slugfest. Both fighters fired haymakers on the feet throughout the 15-minute matchup, but Firmino mixed in sharp grappling, as well, working frequently to dominant positions and forcing Griffin to defend potential submissions. The dynamic attack was enough to score him a decision win, 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

“I’ve been training so hard for this fight and I was ready. He’s big, as big as me and the same height so I thought it was a good matchup for both of us.”

In the night’s first main-card matchup, Lance Palmer (8-1) rebounded from his failed bid at the World Series of Fighting featherweight title with an impressive first-round win over the previously undefeated Nick LoBosco (7-1). After some early exchanges on the feet, Palmer turned to his wrestling base to bring the fight to the floor. Once there, he offered up non-stop ground-and-pound strikes until he could sink in a rear-naked choke with 45 seconds left in the first round.

“This was a fight I needed coming off the loss to Georgi (Karakhanyan) in my last fight,” Palmer said after the win. “There was a sense of urgency. I wanted to prove I was the dominant fighter in the first round, and I was able to do that and dominate him early.”

In the night’s final preliminary matchup, a heavyweight rivalry fight turned out to be fairly one-sided in nature, as Derrick Mehmen (18-5) cruised to a decision win over Dave Huckaba (21-6). A gritty Huckaba fought hard from start to finish, pumping out a stiff jab throughout the fight. But Mehmen’s speed, coupled with his ability to get the fight to the floor, seemingly at will, allowed him to control the pace and positioning of the contest. Mehmen used short punches and elbows on the floor to batter Huckaba, and at the end of the fight, he was awarded a clearcut decision win with scores of 30-26, 30-25 and 30-27.

Dagestani import Timur Valiev (7-1) made an immediate impact in World Series of Fighting’s bantamweight division, earning a thrilling third-round TKO win over a tough Adam Acquaviva (1-1).

In an early “Fight of the Night” candidate, the two fighters went back and forth in a high-paced affair. But as it wore on, Valiev seemed to settle into a rhythm and unleash a dynamic arsenal of attacks, including punches, kicks and takedowns from all angles. A pinpoint high kick nearly ended the fight in the second before a flying knee did the trick 95 seconds into the third.

Bulgarian middleweight Krasimir Mladenov (11-0) kept his perfect career mark intact, outwrestling Angel DeAnda (11-4) for a decision win. DeAnda showed heart and capable takedown defense throughout the three-round contest, but Mladenov’s second and third efforts routinely brought the fight to the floor, earning him points en route to a decision win, 30-27 on all three cards.

Women’s bantamweight Ashlee Evans-Smith (3-0) earned another win, scoring a third-round finish of a taller Marciea Allen (3-2). Evans-Smith started slow, struggling to navigate the range in the early going. But as the fight wore on, her confidence grew, and Evans-Smith took the fight to the floor. Once there, Allen proved unable to escape, and a non-stop barrage of short punches and elbows forced referee Mark Smith to halt the fight at the 3:01 mark of the final round.

In a lightweight matchup featuring crosstown Las Vegas rivals, Drysdale Jiu-Jitsu’s Jimmy Spicuzza (4-0) earned a unanimous-decision win over Xtreme Couture’ Justin Jaynes (4-2).

In the night’s first fight, Las Vegas’ A.J. Williams (1-0) scored a victory in his professional debut, rocking Utah’s Tanner Cowan (0-1) with an early high kick before finishing him off with punches just 44 seconds into the first round.







About “World Series of Fighting” (WSOF)

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About Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas’ off-strip playground, just minutes and less than three miles from McCarran International Airport. The premier destination entertainment resort is owned by Brookfield Real Estate Finance Fund II and managed by WG-Harmon, LLC, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming, LLC. Built in 1995, the property completed a $750 million expansion in 2010. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino offers an energetic entertainment and gaming experience with the services and amenities associated with a boutique luxury resort hotel. The property is known for its innovative nightlife and music scene where acts such as The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Incubus, Foo Fighters, Carlos Santana, Mötley Crüe and Guns N’ Roses have all performed.  Features of the property include an 11-story Casino Tower with 640 guest rooms, 17-story Paradise Tower with 490 rooms and suites and the all-suite HRH Tower with 359 suites, eight spa villas and seven penthouse suites; 72,000 square feet of casino space featuring Peacock High-Limit gaming and Asian gaming amenities; 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention space; more than $4 million in rare music memorabilia; Body English Nightclub; Reliquary Water Sanctuary, Spa & Salon; 4.5 acres of tropical pool paradise housing world-famous pool parties REHAB Sunday and RELAX Monday; live music/entertainment venues The Joint and Vinyl; Hart & Huntington Tattoo Co.; restaurants Culinary Dropout, Nobu, The Ainsworth, 35 Steaks + Martinis, Pink Taco, Mr. Lucky’s Café and ?Fú; a state-of-the-art fitness center and trendsetting retailers John Varvatos, Affliction, Love Jones, Rocks The Jewelers and Rock Paper Photo. For room availability and additional information call 800.HRD.ROCK (800.473.7625) or visit

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Why MMA Fans Should Care About Metamoris 4

Article by Raphael Garcia of

MMA and Metamoris are once again blurring the lines between them, as Metamoris 4 continues to take shape.

The next edition in the grappling-centric competition features a number of stars who will be familiar to fans of mixed martial arts. Josh Barnett and Chael Sonnen are two of the newest names to move from the Octagon to the mat to take part in the submission-only competition.

While it is vastly different than the action that occurs inside the cage, MMA fans should still care about the competition.

It was announced this past week that Sonnen and Barnett will be competing at the event. Metamoris 4 is set for August 9 in Los Angeles.

Sonnen will face off against two-time jiu-jitsu world champion Andre Galvao. Barnett will face Dean Lister, whom many will recognize from his time as a mixed martial artist. Barnett has more of a grappling background than Sonnen; however, both are expected to be underdogs coming into this contest. Still, fans should show some level of interest in the action.

Barnett and Sonnen join a list of names that includes Roger Gracie, Brendan Schaub, Shinya Aoki and Kevin Casey as athletes who have competed in Metamoris and at the highest levels of mixed martial arts. Schaub, Aoki and Casey were all defeated, while Gracie grappled to a draw. It will be hard to see either Sonnen or Barnett changing the trend, but this event still deserves attention from the hardcore mixed martial arts fan.

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UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov Results, Bonuses, Attendance & Live Gate

Results from

Main Card On PPV

– Demetrious Johnson def. Ali Bagautinov, Unanimous 5 Rd. Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45),
to retain the Flyweight Championship title
– Rory MacDonald def. Tyron Woodley, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
– Ryan Bader def. Rafael Cavalcante, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
– Andrei Arlovski def. Brendan Schaub, Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
– Ovince Saint Preux def. Ryan Jimmo, Verbal Submission (Kimura), Rd. 2, 2:10


Preliminary Card On FX

– Kiichi Kunimoto def. Daniel Sarafian, Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd. 1, 2:52
– Valerie Letourneau def. Elizabeth Phillips, Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
– Yves Jabouin def. Mike Easton, Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Tae Hyun Bang def. Kajan Johnson, Knockout (Punch), Rd. 3, 2:01


Preliminary Card On UFC Fight Pass

– Michinori Tanaka def. Roland Delorme, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
– Jason Saggo def. Josh Shockley, TKO (Punches), Round 1, 4:57


UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov Bonuses

– Tae Hyun Bang and Kajan Johnson each earned a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus.
– Tae Hyun Bang and Kiichi Kunimoto each earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.

UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov Attendance & Live Gate

UFC 174 drew an announced attendance of 13,506 and a live gate of $1.14 million.
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Letter From The CEO – Bjorn Rebney Talks Season 11 & More!

We just completed our most successful and highest rated season ever, Season 10.  And, our first PPV did a 6 figure buy rate and saw huge wins for Rampage, Brooks, Tito, Volkov and the Michael Page.

Over a million fans in the US watched the kick off of our summer series and saw the Bellator premieres of James “Colossus” Thompson and fan favorite Sokoudjou

And, we are just over 5 weeks out from our 2nd Summer Series show where we’ll see the Welterweight Tournament Final, the Middleweight Tournament Final and I’m hoping to be able to announce another really great fight for that show over the next week.

And, we’re going to start announcing Season 11 very, very soon.  And, if you think Season 10 was good and the PPV we did last month was strong……just wait for the announcements for Season 11 and our next PPV.  This is going to be an amazing 3 months of shows.

Oh, and…..I just announced a new addition to our tournament format that’ll give us the ability to do more great world title fights between top world ranked fighters.  Check out the interview I just did with Luke Thomas at MMAFighting, who until just recently had question after question about our tournament format.

Stay tuned, we’re going to be making some great announcements about new members of the Bellator family over the coming two weeks.

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UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov Results, Bonuses, Attendance & Live Gate

Results from

Main Card On FOX Sports 1

– Benson Henderson def. Rustam Khabilov, Technical Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd. 4, 1:16
– Diego Sanchez def. Ross Pearson, Split Decision (27-30, 30-27, 29-28)
– John Dodson def. John Moraga, TKO (Doctor’s Stoppage), Rd. 2, 5:00
– Rafael dos Anjos def. Jason High, TKO (Punches), Rd. 2, 3:36
– Piotr Hallmann def. Yves Edwards, Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd. 3, 2:31
– Bryan Caraway def. Erik Perez, Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd. 2, 1:52


Preliminary Card On FOX Sports 1

– Sergio Pettis def. Yaotzin Meza, Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Lance Benoist def. Bobby Voelker, Unanimous decision (28-28, 29-28, 30-27)
– Scott Jorgensen def. Danny Martinez, Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
– Jon Tuck def. Jake Lindsey, Submission (Strikes), Rd. 3, 2:47


Preliminary Card On UFC Fight Pass

Patrick Cummins def. Roger Narvaez, TKO (Punches), Rd. 2, 2:28

UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov Bonuses

– Benson Henderson and Piotr Hallman each earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus.
– Scott Jorgensen and Danny Martinez each earned a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus.

UFC Fight Night 42: Henderson vs. Khabilov Attendance & Live Gate

UFC Fight Night 42 event at Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M., drew an announced attendance of 8,775 and a live gate of $697,901.



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XFC International 5 Results

Junior Assuncao 14-5 (Brazil) def. Alejandro Solano 19-10 (Costa Rica) via Unanimous Decision (30-27)

Welterweight Tournament Finals:
Pedro Junior 8-1 (Brazil) X Will Galvão 4-1 (Brazil) *did not happen. Pedro Junior drop (injury)

Women’s Strawweight Tournament Finals
Vanessa Guimaraes 3-2 (Brazil) X Gloria Bravo 1-2 (Chile) *did not happen. Gloria Bravo drop (illness)

Featherweight Tournament Final:
Alejandro Villalobos 17-3 (Costa Rica) def.  Felipe Douglas 9-2 (Brazil) via RD3 Rear Naked Choke to become Featherweight Tournament Champion

Lightweight Tournament Final:
Natan Schulte 10-2 (Brazil) def. Glaucio Eliziario 4-1 (Brazil) via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27) to become Lightweight Tournament Champion

Flyweight Super-Fight:
Allan Nascimento 13-2 (Brazil) def. Andre Lourenco 5-4 (Brazil) via Triangle Choke

Middleweight Tournament Championship:
Alberto Uda 7-0 (Brazil) def. Thiago Rela 8-3 (Brazil) via Armbar to become Middleweight tournament champion

Women’s Flyweight Tournament Championship:
 Silvana Juarez 4-0 (Argentina) def. Mayerlin Rivas 1-1 (Venezuela) via Submission to become Flyweight tournament champion

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Cage Warriors 69: Super Saturday Results

Results from

Main Card On MMAjunkie

– Stevie Ray def. Curt Warburton, Split 5 Rd. Decision (50-45, 48-47, 47-48),
to claim vacant Lightweight Championship
– Jack Marshman def. Bola Omoyele, Submission (Armbar), Rd. 1, 4:51
– Mohsen Bahari def. Ben Alloway, Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27)
– Jake Bostwick def. Simeon Thoresen, Majority Decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Jack Mason def. Bruno “B.C.” Carvalho, Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
– Damir Hadzovic def. Martin Delaney, Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


Main Card On MMAjunkie

– Jack Hermansson def. Norman Paraisy, Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd. 4, 4:49
to claim vacant Middleweight Championship
– Joanna Jedrzejczyk def. Rosi Sexton, TKO (Punches), Rd. 2, 2:36
– Tim Wilde def. Damien Brown, Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
– Marcin Wrzosek def. Arnold Allen, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
– Graham Turner def. Suleiman Bouhata, TKO (Punches), Rd. 3, 1:08
– Brad Wheeler def. Jason Cooledge, Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd. 2, 3:27


Preliminary Card On Facebook

– Brett Caswell def. Spencer Hewitt, Submission (Heel Hook), Rd. 2, 2:09
– Kerry Hughes def. Amanda Kelly, TKO (Punches), Rd. 2, 4:56
– Aaron Blackwell def. Adam Ventre, Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
– Darren Stewart def. Michael Ravenscroft, TKO (Elbows), Rd. 1, 1:23




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RFA 15: Casey vs. Sanchez Results

Results from

Main Card On AXS TV

– Kevin Casey def. Andrew Sanchez, Knockout (Punches), Rd. 1, 2:30,
for vacant Middleweight Championship
– Alan Jouban def. Ricky Legere Jr., Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
– James Moontasri def. Jordan Rinaldi, Knockout (Punch), Rd. 2, 1:14
– Sam Toomer def. Daniel Aguiar, Disqualification (Timidity), Rd. 3, 4:25
– Dmitry Gerasimov def. Chinzo Machida, Unanimous Decision (no scores announced)
– Justin Jones def. John Hackleman Jr., Submission (Guillotine Choke), Rd. 1, 2:01



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Bellator 121: Heidlage vs. Lins Results

Results from

Main Card On Spike TV

– Philipe Lins def. Austen Heidlage, Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd. 1, 2:45,
Light Heavyweight Tournament opening round
– James Thompson def. Eric Prindle, TKO (Punches), Rd. 1, 1:55
– Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Terry Davinney, Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd. 1, 4:16
– Egidijus Valavicius def. Carlos Eduardo, Split Decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28),
Light Heavyweight Tournament opening round

Preliminary Card On

– Joe Vedepo def. Cortez Coleman, Majority Decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27)
– Kelly Anundson def. Rodney Wallace, Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27),
Light Heavyweight Tournament opening round
– Ray Sloan def. Jamelle Jones, Submission (Rear-Naked Choke), Rd. 1, 0:48
– Robert McDaniel def. Matt Jones, Unanimous Decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
– Steve Garcia def. Cody Walker, Knockout (Punch), Rd. 1, 0:39
– William Florentino def. Guillermo Martinez Ayme, Split Decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)


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Shidoshi Ron Van Clief Defensive Tactics Seminar


Shidoshi Ron Van Clief, 10th Degree Red, Belt Founder of Chinese Goju / Black Dragon Aikijitsu

Shidoshi Ron ‘the Black Dragon’ Van Clief is a respected martial artist with close to 60 years experience in various martial arts styles. He has trained under several well known pioneers including the founder of USA Goju Ryu, “Sensei” Peter Urban; Sensei Frank Ruiz, founder of Nisei Goju Ryu; Prof. Moses Powell, founder of Sanuces Ryu Jiu Jutsu; Wing Chun under Sifu Leung Ting and Arnis de Mano under Professor Remy Presas.

Shidoshi Van Clief is a multiple Martial Arts Hall of Famer with a long career competing in both full contact and semi-contact Karate tournaments across the country and internationally. He has won many national titles, and holds five World Championships. Most notably of all, in 1994 he participated in UFC IV at the age of 51 against Royce Gracie!!

Shidoshi Van Clief has taught thousands of students around the world and has held the position of ‘Chief Instructor’ for several international Law Enforcement Agencies. He is the founder of The Chinese Goju System and Black Dragon Aikijitsu; a Hollywood actor and Hong Kong action star; a published author & creator of a number of martial arts DVDs.

Ron Van Clief is a proud U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran!

Please join us on Sunday, July 27 from 3–6 PM for a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn Defensive Tactics from a pioneer of the martial arts and a living legend.

Location: 333 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA @ Worcester Martial Arts Academy/Team Link Training Center/Crossfit Centermass

Cost is only $60 for pre-registration, and $75 at the door. 20% Discount for Law Enforcement and Military personnel.

You can register quickly and securely by returning to our Home Page and register right under Shidoshi Van Clief’s picture!

For more information, call 508.353.3695, or contact:

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