On Saturday, November 15th World Series of Fighting hosted WSOF 15: Branch vs. Okami from the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, FL.

The WSOF middleweight title was on the line in the main event of the evening. David Branch made the first defense of his title against Yushin Okami. Both of these men are UFC veterans that were released somewhat controversially. Branch was released after losing one bout following a two-fight winning streak. Since being released from the UFC, Branch has only lost once and is unbeaten in four bouts for WSOF. Okami suffered the same fate as Branch, being released after just one loss. Okami is still considered by many as a top ten middleweight and earned a submission victory in his WSOF debut.

The co-main event was also scheduled to be a title fight, but it was changed to a non-title bout when Melvin Guillard missed weight for his title shot against Justin Gaethje. Guillard missed weight in his WSOF debut, but he was so impressive in his fight against Gesais Cavalcante that he earned the shot against Gaethje. This was the biggest test of Gaethje’s career. Gaethje is touted by many as the biggest lightweight prospect in MMA and has five stoppage victories in as many bouts in WSOF.

Jessica Aguilar defended her women’s strawweight title against Kalindra Faria. The triple main event was preceded by one more bout on the main card. The main card aired live on NBC Sports Network.

Our Trey Downey spoke to matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz following the big event to get his thoughts on the event and a variety of other topics.

Dave Branch def. Yushin Okami by TKO (punches). Round 4,

Dave Branch def. Yushin Okami by TKO (punches). Round 4, 3:39-For middleweight title
Justin Gaethje def. Melvin Guillard by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Jessica Aguilar def. Kalindra Faria by unanimous decision (49-45 x3)- for women’s strawweight title
Jorge Patino def. Eric Reynolds by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Maurice Salmon def. Javier Torres by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). Round 1, 5:00
Anderson Hutchinson def. Troy Gerhart by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Ryan Keenan def. Jose Andres Cortes by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 2:16
Tony Way def. Fred Moncaio by submission (guillotine choke). Round 3, 2:03
Hector Ochoa def. Robert Reed by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Reggie Pena def. Joe Johnson by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 4:15
Matt Frevola def. Josh Zuckerman via submission (armbar). Round 1, 2:50

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Trey Downey
Staff Writer

A Central Florida native, Trey Downey's interest in MMA came after a trip to Blockbuster and the rental of UFC 47 on VHS. He has been blogging about the sport since 2011 and hosted a podcast called The TD Experience focusing on football and MMA (touchdowns and takedowns). Trey studied radio and television at the University of Central Florida and will soon be attending the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Trey enjoys watching sports, pro wrestling and is an avid runner.