Joanne Calderwood Set For Octagon Return After Year-Long Layoff

Joanne Calderwood’s UFC Octagon return is set. “JoJo” is set to get back inside the cage for the first time since July of last year when she takes on Kalindra Faria in a women’s flyweight contest at UFC Lincoln from the Pinnacle…

Joanne Calderwood’s UFC Octagon return is set. “JoJo” is set to get back inside the cage for the first time since July of last year when she takes on Kalindra Faria in a women’s flyweight contest at UFC Lincoln from the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska on August 25th, per a report from ESPN. […]

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Belfort vs. Hall, Eye vs. Faria Made Official For UFC St. Louis

Vitor Belfort vs. Urijah Hall has been made official for UFC St. Louis and a new bout has been confirmed. ESPN broke the news of Belfort vs. Hall being confirmed by the UFC. The two will meet inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Jan. 1…

Vitor Belfort vs. Urijah Hall has been made official for UFC St. Louis and a new bout has been confirmed. ESPN broke the news of Belfort vs. Hall being confirmed by the UFC. The two will meet inside the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri on Jan. 14 for a UFC Fight Night event. Jessica […]

UFC Signs Mara Romero Borella to Face Kalindra Faria at UFC 216

Two fighters with a combined 29 pro wins will make their Octagon debuts against one another this Saturday at UFC 216, as Kalindra Faria faces off against Mara Romero Borella. Originally, Faria (18-5-1) was signed to face Legacy Fighting Alliance champion Andrea Lee, but USADA pulled Lee due to a previous failed drug test. Faria […]

Two fighters with a combined 29 pro wins will make their Octagon debuts against one another this Saturday at UFC 216, as Kalindra Faria faces off against Mara Romero Borella. Originally, Faria (18-5-1) was signed to face Legacy Fighting Alliance champion Andrea Lee, but USADA pulled Lee due to a previous failed drug test. Faria […]

WSOF 15 Results: Branch Shocks Okami With TKO Win, Gaethje Decisions Guillard

With UFC 180 and Bellator 131 taking the majority of the spotlight this past Saturday night, MMA enthusiasts sort of forgot to pay attention to the stacked WSOF 15, which took place at USF Sundome in Tampa, Fla.

The main event saw David Branch successfully defend his 185-pound title against former UFC middleweight contender Yushin Okami, stopping the Japanese veteran in the fourth round with punches.

“Thunder” had the grappling advantage, yet the Renzo Gracie-trained combatant kept finding a home for his right hand. After three close rounds, Branch drilled his opponent with a solid right hand, dropping the challenger and continued to pounce on him until being awarded the stoppage victory. See the GIF after the jump.

With UFC 180 and Bellator 131 taking the majority of the spotlight this past Saturday night, MMA enthusiasts sort of forgot to pay attention to the stacked WSOF 15, which took place at USF Sundome in Tampa, Fla.

The main event saw David Branch successfully defend his 185-pound title against former UFC middleweight contender Yushin Okami, stopping the Japanese veteran in the fourth round with punches.

“Thunder” had the grappling advantage, yet the Renzo Gracie-trained combatant kept finding a home for his right hand. After three close rounds, Branch drilled his opponent with a solid right hand, dropping the challenger and continued to pounce on him until being awarded the stoppage victory (GIF via Zombie Prophet).

Melvin Guillard, the A-list fighter competing in the B-list league, ruined his chances at securing a world title after failing to make weight prior to his bout alongside Justin Gaethje, but none of that truly mattered. The reigning lightweight champion got the better of his foe during the course of three rounds, winning the contest by split decision. It was a back and forth affair (mostly won by the undefeated slugger), contested mostly on the feet, and lived up to the billing. It’s a shame it was marred by Guillard failing to make weight yet again, taking a bit of the muster away from the bout.

Also on the card, Jessica Aguilar, arguably the best women’s strawweight fighter in the world, took care of business by beating Kalindra Faria and defended her title for the second time and earned her 10th consecutive victory. Credit Faria for going for broke early and trying to make it a dogfight against “Jag,” however, after winning the first round, the hopeful challenger was not match for the American Top Team standout.

To be fair, nobody in their right mind would have picked WSOF over the top two MMA promotions on Saturday evening, seeing how all three had fairly big events on the same night. But, Ray Sefo and the gang loaded the card with familiar names and backed the event with star power, delivering a pretty good night of fights from the Sunshine State. It’s a shame nobody watched it, yet you can pretty much access anything these days and spend your Sunday afternoon catching up. It’s kind of worth the squeeze.

WSOF 15 Main Card Results

David Branch def. Yushin Okami via TKO (punches) at 3:39 of R4
Justin Gaethje def. Melvin Guillard via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
Jessica Aguilar def. Kalindra Faria via unanimous decision (49-45 x3)
Jorge Patino def. Eric Reynolds via unanimous decision (30-27×2, 29-28)

Under Card Results

Maurice Salmon def. Javier Torres via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of R1
Andrew Hutchinson def. Troy Gerhart via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Ryan Keenan def. Jose Andres Cortes via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:16 of R3
Tony Way def. Fred Moncaio via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:03 of R3
Hector Ochoa def.. Robert Reed via split decision (28-29, 29-28×2)
Reggie Pena def. Joe Johnson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:15 of R1
Matt Frevola def. Josh Zuckerman via submission (armbar) at 2:50 of R1

– (Alex G.)