The World Series Of Fighting promotion has announced plans to host a four-man middleweight tournament which will commence in August.
Competing to become the organization’s first ever middleweight champion will be four MMA veterans – Jesse Taylor, Dave Branch, Danillo Villefort and Elvis Mutapcic.
Taylor is best known to MMA fans from his time in ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ where he managed to secure a spot in the season 7 final before being pulled from the fight due to unruly behavior during a night out in Las Vegas after the show finished filming.
In the years since Taylor has kept busy fighting for multiple organizations including DREAM, Strikeforce, MFC and most recently Cage Warriors where he’s the current defending champion, taking his overall career record to 26-9.
Branch is another former UFC fighter who’s notched up a 4-1 record since being cut from the promotion in 2011, including two victories in a row so far in the WSOF cage which leaves him 11-3 overall.
Villefort has also had brief stints in the UFC, WEC and Strikeforce and is coming off a win in his WSOF debut that leaves him with a 14-4 record overall.
Finally, Mutapcic is Canadian promotion MFC’s middleweight champion who’s now looking to make a name for himself in the WSOF cage and carries a five fight winning streak and 13-2 career record into this tournament.
The two semi-final bouts haven’t been announced yet, but are expected to be spread across two events in August and September with the final to crown the new champion then taking place in December.
All the shows are expected to air on CBS Sports and this looks like it’s got the making of a pretty decent tourney between four guys who haven’t quite been able to make the grade at the very highest level, but have proven themselves to still be very capable fighter.