World Series of Fighting announces middleweight tournament, winner crowned organization's first champion

Matthew Kaplowitz, Bloody Elbow

World Series of Fighting has announced a four man tournament, with the winner crowned the first ever WSOF 185 lbs champion.

It looks like World Series of Fighting's first champion will come out of the middleweight division. Yesterday they announced that four fighters will compete in a tournament, with the winner crowned as WSOF Middleweight champion. MMA Fighting has the details as well as the names of the combatants:

MMA veteran Jesse Taylor, who has signed a multi-fight deal with the promotion, will join Dave Branch, Danilo Villefort and Elvis Mutapcic in the 185-pound tournament, WSOF president Ray Sefo and executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed with MMAFighting.com.

One semi-final fight will take place at WSOF 4 on Aug. 10 and the other will happen at WSOF 5 in September. WSOF 4 is slated to be held in California, although a specific location has yet to be finalized. The promotion's fifth event has yet to receive a specific date or location. The winners are currently scheduled to meet in December for the title.

No word as of yet on how the four men will be paired for the semifinals.

Taylor, of TUF 7 fame, has won 6 straight fights, obtaining (and defending) Cage Warriors and K-Oz organizational titles. His most notable win during this streak is TUF 3 champion and fellow ex-UFC fighter Kendall Grove.

Branch is 2-0 with WSOF, with decision wins over Paulo Filho and Dustin Jacoby. He has not lost at middleweight since Rousimar Palhares submitted him at UFC on Versus 2 in 2011.

Villefort won his WSOF debut against Kris McCray two months ago, improving his post-UFC record to 5-1. The Brazilian is one of the few fighters in recent years to be cut from the UFC after just one fight, a controversial TKO (cut) stoppage against Jesse Lennox.

Mutapcic comes over from Maximum Fighting Championships with a 13-2 overall record, with victories in his last 5 bouts. He took the MFC title last October when he defeated Joseph Henle for the vacant belt. The 26 year old defended his crown once, earning a decision against TUF alum Sam Alvey.

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