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Home MMA WSOF 10 Results: Branch Makes Quick Work of the K-OZ Middlweight Champion Jesse Taylor
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WSOF 10 Results: Branch Makes Quick Work of the K-OZ Middlweight Champion Jesse Taylor


world-series-of-fighting-10The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada was the site for the next installment of the World Series of Fight.  The televised card featured three title bouts along with a solid supporting cast of matchups.  The event was televised on NBC's Sports Network.
The opening televised contest showcased featherweights as former All-American wrestler from Ohio State University Lance Palmer (7-1) faced Nick Lobasco (7-0).  Palmer wasted no time as he aggressively attacked Lobasco with strikes and took the undefeated fighter to the mat.  Palmer's superior ground game was evident as the former Buckeye began to pound the face of Lobasco, searching for a stoppage.  Palmer was able to complete a full back mount and managed a rear naked choke which caused Lobasco to tap out.  It was a great bounce back win for Lance Palmer.
Lightweights battled next as American MMA veteran Tyson Griffin (17-7) engaged Brazilian Luis Firmino (17-6) in a three round contest.  Both men attacked from the opening bell with Griffin winging bombs and Firmino countering his adversary's strikes with artillery of his own. The Brazilian seemed naturally bigger and stronger than Griffin and kept the submission pressure on throughout the opening stanza.  The American spent a good portion of the round on the cage floor but was able to defend against submission attempts.   Firmino showed solid striking abilities as he landed thunderous blows with his fists.  The second verse was the same as the first as Griffin swung for the fences and Firmino walked through the assault, taking the American to the mat.  Griffin managed to avoid submissions and came upright: The American landed hellacious uppercuts to no avail as Firmino just kept coming.  Griffin managed a full guard while on the canvas but the Brazilian kept his composure and soon took control.  The third round was a microcosm of the bout: Griffin found the mark with hard blows but Firmino's superior strength and ground game ultimately carried the round.   The judges scored a unanimous decision victor for Luis Firmino.
American WSOF Strawweight champion Jessica Aguilar (17-4) defended her belt against Japan's Emi Fujino (13-7) in a match slated for five go-rounds.   Aguilar asserted herself early with quick leg strikes and fast hands.  Fujino sought to land her own punches but was not able to establish range early.  The American bloodied Fujino's nose early with hard punches.  Aguilar's movement and striking was unmatched by the Japanese challenger.  The second saw the champion continue to dominate the standup battle as Aguilar landed shots from all angles with efficiency. Fujino had some success but it was minimal.  The mid-round of the scrap held some hope for the Japanese battler as the challenger began to counter some of the leg kicks with straight punches which found their mark.  This success would not last as Aguilar took the fight to the floor and went for a choke out submission.  The Japanese ruffian was in trouble but refused to give in.  The champion transitioned to a full mount and commenced a vicious ground-and-pound which included punches and elbows.  Fujino was blooded and battered but would not yield under the immense pressure and somehow survived the onslaught.  An inadvertent eye poked caused a break in the fourth but the action commenced after Fujino was ready to continue.  The last two stanzas show mostly an upright battle with Aguilar getting the better of the exchanges.  It was a valiant effort by Fujino but it was not enough as Aguilar retained her title via a unanimous decision.
The co-main event of the night was a WSOF featherweight title tilt between champion Georgi  Karakhanyan (23-3-1) and knockout artist Rick "Gladiator" Glenn (14-2).  Karakhanyan, of California, wasted no time as he took Glenn, of Iowa, to the cage floor, looking to submit the challenger.  The champion mauled "Gladiator" with punches and then went for rear naked choke after securing a body lock.  Karakhanyan transitioned to an arm bar attempt and it looked like a finish but Glenn managed to escape and was able to land some punches in the process.  The challenger continued his fistic assault, hitting Karakhanyan to the ribs, arms and shoulders.  Glenn kept himself upright early in the second and was able to stave off a guillotine from Karakhanyan.  The champion kept Glenn's back to the cage fence waiting for takedown opportunities.  The challenger began to land hard punches in the final minute of the round, hurting the champion but Karakhanyan's experience saw him through.  During the break, Karakhanyan advised his corner and the doctor that he could not breathe due to suffering an apparent rib injury, leading the fight to be halted.  Rick "Gladiator" Glenn was crowned the WSOF featherweight champion.      
The final prizefight of the night was a bout between David Branch (13-3) and the K-OZ Middlweight Champion Jesse "TJ Money" Taylor (27-9) for the vacant WSOF middleweight title.  Branch swiftly attempted a takedown which backfired as Taylor was able to secure a guillotine hold; Branch survived the submission attempt.  The floor fight continued with Branch transitioning to a D'Arce choke which led to Taylor tapping out.  It was a true "Gracie" discipline end and with the win, Branch became the first WSOF middleweight champion.  It was a tough loss for the veteran Taylor but knowing his resolve, "TJ Money" will be back.

Sergio L. Martinez


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