On Saturday, Sept. 14, World Series of Fighting hosted its fifth event from the Revel Atlantic City in Atlantic City, N.J.

The night’s main event featured a heavyweight clash between UFC veterans Andrei Arlovski and Mike Kyle. Kyle was originally expected to meet Anthony Johnson in the top billing, but an injury to Johnson paved the way for Arlovski to headline. Ironically, Arlovski saw his five-fight undefeated streak come to end at the hands of Johnson in March. Kyle, meanwhile, made his promotional debut and looked to build on his first-round destruction of Travis Wiuff in May.

In addition to the hard-hitting main event, the promotion kicked off its four-man tournament to determine its first middleweight champion. One half of the ladder featured UFC veteran Dave Branch taking on former Strikeforce combatant Danillo Villefort. In the other half of the tournament, recent MFC title holder Elvis Mutapcic’s fight with Ultimate Fighter alum Jesse Taylor was cancelled due to Mutapcic allegedly taking unknown medication before the fight. Both men received their show money.

The rest of the main card also featured big show veterans as one-time UFC competitor Rolles Gracie faced off with Strikeforce veteran Derrick Mehmen, while former Dream and Bellator combatant Georgi Karakhanyan squared off with UFC vet Waylon Lowe.

NBC Sports aired the night’s five-fight main card beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The five preliminary card fights streamed live on the promotion’s website starting at 6 p.m. ET.

Arlovski edges Kyle by unanimous decision

In the main event of the evening, heavyweights collided as Andrei Arlovski locked horns with Mike Kyle.

After a quick feeling out process, Kyle came forward and dropped Arlovski with a shot. Arlovski recovered to get back to his feet, and delivered wild blows of his own. Arlovski put his opponent on the mat for a brief period of time, but Kyle scrambled to return standing. The round ended with Arlovski landing a solid combination.

Kyle looked sharp to begin round two by connecting with punches. Both men stood in the center of the cage to trade blows, but neither man went down to send the fight to the final round.

In round three, Kyle tagged Arlovski to drop “The Pit Bull” to one knee, but he recovered. The action was slower in round three with not a lot of damage done, but Arlovski appeared to be the man holding the edge in cage control.

All three judges scored the bout 29-28, giving Arlovski the unanimous decision nod.

Branch decisions Villefort, advances to middleweight tourney final

Dave Branch and Danillo Villefort went toe-to-toe in a middleweight tournament semifinal contest.

The first round was very slowed paced as Branch wore down Villefort against the cage. Branch did damage while in the clinch, and at the end of the frame, landed a takedown.

In round two, Branch threw a jab then followed with a takedown attempt. Branch stayed in the full guard of Villefort for the majority of the round, and smothered him to earn another.

Round three was an exact replica of the first two, as Branch cruised to a unanimous decision win to put him one win away from becoming the middleweight champion.

Mehmen KOs Gracie in round two

The third Gracie to compete on the card stepped inside the cage to take on Derrick Mehmen.

The grappler Gracie actually stayed on his feet the entire first round, and was solid on his strikes by keeping his distance. Gracie mixed up his shots well, while Mehman couldn’t put together any offense.

Mehman landed more strikes in round two, working his jab and also using it to throw combinations. Mehman continued to be aggressive, and throw a big right hand that connected. Gracie went unconscious on his feet, and fell like a tree face first to give Mehman the knockout victory.

Karakhanyan submits Lowe

Featherweights kicked off the main card as Georgi Karakhanyan took on Waylon Lowe.

Both men came looking to strike with one another as Karakhanyan threw several kicks while Lowe used his hands more. After Karakhanyan put the pressure on his opponent, the fight went to the mat. While on his back in full guard, Karakhanyan locked up a guillotine choke to force Lowe to tap at the 3:37 mark of round one.

Andrei Arlovski def. Mike Kyle by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Dave Branch def. Danillo Villefort by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – middleweight tournament semifinal
Derrick Mehmen def. Rolles Gracie by knockout (punch). Round 2, 2:40
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Waylon Lowe by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 3:37
Rick Glenn def. Artur Rofi by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Ozzy Dugulubgov def. Andrew Osbourne by submission (achilles lock). Round 2, 1:12
Richard Patishnock def. Gregor Gracie by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Jimmie Rivera def. Sidemar Honorio by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Neiman Gracie def. Darren Costa by submission (armbar). Round 1, 3:57

*A middleweight tournament semifinal bout between Elvis Mutapcic and Jesse Taylor was scratched due to Mutapcic taking an unknown medication prior to the fight.

Photo: Andrei Arlovski (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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