World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 20: "Branch vs. McElligott" -- booked after Ronny Markes was pulled for dehydration -- airs live on NBC Sports TONIGHT (Fri. April 10, 2015) at the Foxwoods Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Tonight's top fight in the quarterfinals of the light heavyweight tournament will see WSOF middleweight champion David Branch facing off against Jesse McElligott.
Owing to recent changes in the WSOF card, the new co-main event for tonight's show is Nick Newell vs. Joe Condon. The loaded NBC Sports TV card also includes MMA superhero Phoenix Jones against Emmanuel Walo, Steve Mocco vs. Juliano Coutinho, and Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Lucas Montoya.
All of the action-packed TV bouts air this evening on NBC Sports starting at 9 p.m. ET! MMAmania.com will bring you LIVE results and real-time play-by-play coverage of the televised fights below, along with a live video stream for all the preliminary violence.
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WSOF 20 QUICK RESULTS:
David Branch def. Jesse McElligott via submission (arm triangle) at Round 2 (1:28)
Nick Newell def. Joe Condon via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Emmanuel Walo def. Phoenix Jones via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Steve Mocco def. Juliano Coutinho via TKO (strikes) at Round 1 (4:02)
Ozzy Dugulubgov def. Lucas Montoya via TKO (injury) at Round 1 (3:39)
Islam Mamedov def. Leon Davis via TKO (strikes) at Round 1 (4:41)
Saul Almeida def. Chris Foster via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Matt Secor def. Chip Moraza-Pollard via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-29, 30-27)
Darren Mima def. Johnny Campbell via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
WSOF 20 PLAY BY PLAY:
David Branch vs.
Ronny Markes Jesse McElligott:
Round 1: Jesse is... kind of what you expect a minor league late-replacement to be. Jesse is a blown-up 170'er in this light-heavyweight bout. Branch in black spandex, Jesse in the black and red trunks. Tan Dan the ref. Jesse with awkward low kick to start off and Branch slaps a big high kick into the forearm of McElligott. Branch in on a takedown and gets it after about 20 seconds of struggle. Half guard. Some light GNP. Full guard. Branch is kind of just big brothering Jesse with measured punches and elbows. He's making sure he maintains position, controls Jesse and gets in shots.
10-9 Branch, maybe even 10-8
Round 2: Branch with the 1-2. Jesse doesn't seem to know how to kick,but he keeps trying. He gets in a left hand, but eats a nice right from David. Body kick from Branch. Muay Thai clinch and knees from Branch and he's landing repeatedly on what's essentially a glorified punching bag. Surprisingly he takes Jesse down. I suppose it doesn't matter because he passes to mount and arm triangle McElligott to sleep in short order.
Final result: David Branch defeats Jesse McElligott via submission (arm triangle) at 1:28 of Round 2
Nick Newell vs. Joe Condon:
Round 1: Condon in black, Newell in blue and black spandex. Low kick from Newell. They trade simultaneous ones. Punch from Newell with his only fist. Couple more inside low kicks from Nick. Condon with the jab-body kick. Condon with a nice counter right as Newell came forward. Newell misses a couple haymakers. Condon with a nice inside kick. Awkward looking right hand off a right leg kick from Condon. Lots of kicks from both men. Newell tries for a single off a takedown and gets it. He takes the back and has both hooks in with just 10 seconds left.
Round 2: Newell comes forward and gets a clinch after about 90 seconds of circling into the round. Condon breaks off of it. Newell fakes a weird punch and goes for a single. He can't get it, but does hit a sweet hip toss a bit later. Newell tries to take the back, but Condon scrambles up. Newell still on him. He fails twice on attempted slams, gets the third one, but has no position and Condon stands. Newell switches to a single and manages to get a front headlock on Condon. One minute left. Condon breaks the grip and stands. Knees. Condon tries for a takedown for a bit, but breaks off near immediately and hits a left. Inside kick from Nick. Left and a right land for Condon. Newell catches the kick and drags Condon down.
Round 3: Newell catches a left kick in the crook of his arm, but eats like three lefts before letting go. Newell in on a single, but Condon lands on tap. Knee to the side from Condon. Newell back up. Newell looked for a guillotine, Condon counters with a single leg takedown into side control. Newell scrambles. Condon takes the back, punching him now. Newell stands and slips the hooks off. Good left from Condon and he backs off. Newell checks a leg kick. They clinch, Condon backs up Newell into the fence. Slam from Condon and he takes the back when Newell scrambles. Condon with a body lock that he lets go of. Jab from Condon gets countered with an overhand from Newell. Liver kick from the hometown Newell. They trade rights. Nick catches a kick again, Condon ducks down, but right into a guillotine. Condon thumbs up the ref and Newell is trying. Not happening and we go to the bell.
Final result: Nick Newell def. Joe Condon via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Phoenix Jones vs. Emmanuel Walo:
Round 1: Not sure if I should call him Ben Fodor or what, but we'll figure it out. He's in the USA trunks, Walo in red & white. Jones comes out quickly, clinches up and gets in a knee before they separate. Right hand from Walo. Low kick from Ben gets awkwardly caught and Walo dumps him down, but lets him up. Right body kick repeats the process, but Walo with the solid slam this time. Jones rises like... no, not gonna do it. but he's back down via another slam. Full guard. Jones stands, swims an underhook and reverses Walo to the cage. Walo gets wrist control and they trade knees. Aaaaaaand there goes my stream. We're back to audio only. Talk more, Renzo, cuz I got nothing. There we go. Only missed about thirty seconds of that. Jones punches forward, and Walo slickly ducks under, picks up Fodor and slams him down again. Full guard. Short forearm shots from Walo. Ref breakage and we're up. Big punch from Phoenix and Walo again ducks under him and slams him down. Again into full guard. Short right hands.
Round 2: Jones aggressive early with leg kicks and punches. Walo swings back. Jones tries a takedown, but Walo whizzers out of it and they're back to against the fencing. Jones gives up his takedown attempt and gets his back pushed to the links this time. Walo trips him down from a bodylock, but he's not doing much with it. Full guard. Walo is getting really close to lay n' pray here. Walo is throwing like... two strikes a minute here. Half the round gone. Jones stands finally. Not for long as they're clinched up against the fence, and down 30 seconds later. Side control. Couple elbows. Half. Full. Jones elbowing and punching from bottom. Ref break finally. Jones swinging hard at the bell.
Round 3: Walo with a leg kick. Jones with a right and goes for a takedown. Not sure why. Walo defends, so Ben lands a couple of lefts before Walo shoots a single and lands it. Full guard, head against the fence. Guillotine from Jones, but Walo is out. Ben tries to rise, but has a 175-lb Walo draped on his waist. He's up. Jones still trying for a takedown, can't get it. Uppercut from Jones. Left and a right from Jones. Takedown from Walo, but Jones is up right away. Big uppercut from Phoenix. He's punching hard. More uppercuts. Takedown from Walo with 2 minutes left and he's hanging on desperately here. No action on the ground and the ref is taking a look at it. 90 seconds left and they're up. Walo jabbing, but Jones is power-punching forward. Walo with a takedown off a kick. Still not doing anything. Couple of lefts to the body. Triangle attempt from Jones, but he's too low on the feet to get it. They stand, it's over.
Final result: Emmanuel Walo defeats Ben "Phoenix Jones" Fodor via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Steve Mocco vs. Juliano Coutinho:
Round 1: Coutinho in black with red trim, Mocco in plain black and Dan Miragliotta as the third man. He's also in black. I actually remember Mocco growing up as he's from a town about five miles from me. Dude was an absolutely dominant wrestler. Slow, feeling out process here for a good minute. Right hand from Mocco. Another big one, but Coutinho is still standing. They're not doing things at a fast pace here. Single leg for Mocco and he's posturing over the Brazilian. Half guard and Mocco is raining lefts down like it's going out of style. Coutinho gives up his back and Mocco keeps punching him until Dan is forced to stop the fight. Can't really argue, Juliano ate at least 20 unanswered shots.
Final result: Steve Mocco defeats Juliano Coutinho via TKO (ground & pound) at 4:02 of round 1
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Lucas Montoya:
Round 1: Ozzy in blue, Montoya in black, Kevin Mulhall the ref. Ozzy head kicking early, but not landing. Liver kick does land, Montoya catches it, but does nothing with hit. Montoya hits a nice jab that hits Ozzy as he's near the cage, this causes him to stumble. Ozzy with the takedown into full guard. Montoya tries for a guillotine for a second, but lets it go. Ozzy with some body strikes as Montoya defends well. Montoya tries for an armbar, but Ozzy slips out of it. He stands, gets in some punches, but falls into a triangle attempt. He manages to get out of that and the armbar attempt that follow and lands some more punches. Lots of full guard playing and Mulhall stands them. Montoya is wincing and grimacing in pain. He's holding his arm and it seems that he's broken his forearm. Mulhall stops it for the doctor to come in, and that's it.
Final result: Ozzy Dugulubgov defeats Lucas Montoya via TKO (injury) at 3:39 of round 1