Branch vs. Villefort, Mutapcic vs. Taylor added to WSOF 5 as middleweight tournament

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David Branch vs. Danillo Villefort and Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor join the lineup of WSOF 5 as the promotion looks to find its first middleweight champion.

World Series of Fighting will host its first four-man middleweight tournament as David Branch vs. Danillo Villefort and Elvis Mutapcic vs. Jesse Taylor joins World Series of Fighting 5: Johnson vs. Kyle. Both bouts are slated to appear on the event's main card alongside a headlining light heavyweight fight between Anthony Johnson and Mike Kyle. The tournament's winners will move on to face each other for the 185lbs crown at a later event.

World Series of Fighting 5: Johnson vs. Kyle takes place Sept. 14, 2013 from Revel Resorts & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

UFC vet Branch makes his third WSOF appearance after decision wins over Paulo Filho and Dustin Jacoby while Villefort is 5-1 in his past six fights. Most recently topping TUF 16 cast member Sam Alvey, Mutapcic relinquishes his Maximum Fighting Championship title to face another 'Ultimate Fighter' vet in Jesse Taylor. Never really hitting a stride in the UFC, Taylor has gone on to claim various middleweight titles in smaller promotions.

As with the promotion's previous events, WSOF 5 will be available live on NBC Sports Network at 9 p.m. EST. Preliminary bouts will be streamed on WSOF.com at 6:30 p.m. EST.


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