Correction: WSOF 15 will not be a pay-per-view event.
If you haven’t cleaned out your DVR by now, you better get to work before November rolls around. The World Series of Fighting has entered the ratings battle on what will be one of the biggest nights of the year in MMA. WSOF 15 has been booked on November 15th, the same evening Bellator will air Bonnar vs. Ortiz and the UFC headlines Velasquez vs. Verdum.
WSOF 15 will be headlined by Yushin Okami (30-8) vs. David Branch (14-3). This will be David Branch’s first middleweight title defense since taking the belt against Jesse Taylor in June. Headlining the main event with a former UFC middleweight contender for a title shot is one of the best fights the organization could have chosen to go head-to-head in the MMA mix. Okami was released from the UFC last year after his loss to Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Okami took a submission victory over Sveltozar Savov in March for his WSOF debut, winning his fourth fight out of five. David Branch is the organization’s inaugural middleweight champion, and a win over a name like Yushin Okami would make for a huge 5th consecutive victory.
It’s interesting to note that both WSOF 15 and Bellator 131 main events are headlined by UFC-bred athletes. What will arguably be the biggest night of the year for MMA will now be a hard 3-way split for fans. Which fight will you be watching first?
WSOF 15- Branch vs. Okami
Bellator 131- Bonnar vs. Otiz
UFC 180- Velasquez vs. Verdum