Everyone remembers the main event.
World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 10: "Branch vs. Taylor" took place last night (Sat., June 21, 2014) from inside Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and despite the championship triple-header, the event wasn't exactly the promotion's best offering. After a night of mediocre fights, it seemed as if the headlining affair was going to be the most boring fight to watch out of them all.
That said, the middleweight championship bout was over in no time, as David Branch submitted Jesse Taylor with a D'arce choke in less than two minutes.
"JT Money" landed a takedown quickly, and Branch found himself in a guillotine choke right off the bat. After staying calm, Branch stormed out of it, and after positioning himself appropriately in Taylor's guard, he locked in the submission for the win.
It was literally an exchange of submissions, with Branch coming out on top. The new middleweight champion is somewhat reborn since his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) release, winning six out of seven fights.
Georgi Karakhanyan failed to defend his featherweight title for the first time, as Rick Glenn shocked the world (or at least those who tuned into WSOF) by whooping "Insane" and forced a doctor's stoppage at the end of the second round.
Karakhanyan came out blazing in the first round, landing a takedown and switching from submission-to-submission with guillotine attempts, followed by an armbar. Somehow, Glenn worked his way out of it, and followed up with punches by using his superior reach.
In the second round, Glenn had some success working his foe against the cage, and after Karakhanyan landed a takedown, Glenn reversed the positioning and started to pour on the punches. The Roufusport product battered his opponent, who had trouble fighting back. Glenn's reach was used perfectly, and really started to fire away after Karakhanyan dropped down on his backside, unable to defend himself.
At the end of the second round, a conversation between the ringside doctor and Karakhanyan's corner confirmed the former champion suffered broken ribs, and stayed on his stool.
Glenn secured his eighth consecutive victory, as well as his first major world title in an incredible upset.
She didn't get the quick finish like most observers expected her to, but instead, Jessica Aguilar completely dominated Emi Fujino over the course of five rounds, defending her women's strawweight title in a rout.
The Mexican-born American kept on landing her lead combination throughout the fight, which was a left hand followed by a big right hook. Fujino didn't really trouble "Jag" whatsoever during the contest, proving it could have been a bit of favorable matchmaking.
The champion came close in acquiring a submission in the third round, locking in a head and arm choke, but "The Kamikaze Angel" somehow fought it off without tapping. Aguilar had the submission locked in for over 30 seconds before transitioning to mount, and using some ground-and-pound to soften up the Japanese veteran.
The latter rounds saw Aguilar tire out her opponent up against the cage and on the mat, without having to do anything risky to close out the bout. At the end of the day, nobody has ever finished Fujino in over 20 fights.
In a feature lightweight tussle, Luiz Firmino was awarded the split decision from the judges against Tyson Griffin in a close fight.
The former UFC lightweight was doing well in the opening sequences, wildly swinging for the fences, despite being unable to neutralize the Brazilian's takedowns. Griffin had success on his feet, but he wasn't very technical. Eager to brawl and looking for the knockout shot, it made it easy for Firmino to duck under his strikes and secure the takedown.
Griffin didn't do so bad on the mat, yet he couldn't get the better of his opponent when they were on the floor. The American repeatedly went for a guillotine; however, it simply wasn't strong enough to trouble Firmino.
In the third round, the Brazilian more or less coasted to victory, staying in dominant positions on the mat to obtain the victory. Griffin is now 2-6 in his past eight contests, after dropping his second straight fight for the organization.
Opening up the action on the main card was a featherweight bout that saw Lance Palmer return to his winning ways by choking out Nick LoBosco in the first round.
The two fighters started to chip away at each other in the standup department until Palmer used his superior wrestling by storming LoBosco and securing the takedown. The former featherweight title challenger worked relentlessly for a rear naked choke, drilling LoBosco's temples to soften him up. The Missouri native tried to hang in there, yet Palmer then tucked his left arm underneath his chin, which left LoBosco no alternative but to tap.
Highlights from the "Prelims" include Derrick Mehmen outclassing Dave Huckaba, as well as Dagestani prospect Timur Valiev scoring a scorching flying-knee knockout over Adam Acquaviva.
Here are the quick results for WSOF 10: "Branch vs. Taylor" below:
185 lbs.: David Branch def. Jesse Taylor via submission (D'arce choke) at 1:41 of R1
145 lbs.: Rick Glenn def. Georgi Karakhanyan via TKO (doctor stoppage) at 5:00 of R2
115 lbs.: Jessica Aguilar def. Emi Fujino via unanimous decision (50-44x3)
155 lbs.: Luiz Firmino def. Tyson Griffin via unanimous decision (29-28x2, 30-27)
145 lbs.: Lance Palmer def. Nick LoBosco via submission (rear naked choke) at 4:15 of R1
265 lbs.: Derrick Mehmen def. Dave Huckaba via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-27)
135 lbs.: Timur Aliev def. Adam Acquaviva via TKO (strikes) of 1:35 of R3
185 lbs.: Krasimir Mladenov def. Angel DeAnda via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
135 lbs.: Ashlee Evans-Smith def. Marciea Allen via TKO (elbows) at 3:01 of R3
155 lbs.: Jimmy Spicuzza def. Justin Jaynes via unanimous decision (30-27x3)
155 lbs.: AJ Williams def. Tanner Cowan via TKO (strikes) at 0:44 of R1
There you have it.
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