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WSOF 15 results: David Branch, Justin Gaethje pick up wins

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David Branch successfully defended his World Series of Fighting middleweight title for the first time on Nov. 15.

Headlining the WSOF 15 card in Tampa, Florida, the 185-pound middleweight champion scored his fifth win under the promotion’s banner with a fourth-round finish over UFC veteran Yushin Okami.

The grappling contest between Branch and Okami only lasted one round. From the second round on, both fighters decided to stand and trade punches. Branch started building his victory in the third round, connecting solid punches.

In the fourth round, Branch rocked Okami with a right straight punch. The Japanese veteran went down, and Branch followed with several hard punches, forcing the referee to mercifully stop the action.

The lightweight title wasn’t on the line, but Justin Gaethje vs. Melvin Guillard delivered in the co-main event.

Unbeaten in 12 professional fights coming into WSOF 15, the 155-pound champion Gaethje proved to have a great chin in the opening round against Guillard, who missed weight for the title fight. Gaethje moved forward the whole time, but Guillard was the one connecting the better shots.

Gaethje came back stronger in the second round, rocking Guillard with a right cross and a spinning elbow. Both fighters traded uppercuts and knees in the clinch, but couldn’t knock each other down.

The lightweight champion changed his game plan in the third and final round, mauling Guillard’s left leg with powerful leg kicks. Guillard could barely walk at some point, but Gaethje couldn’t get the finish.

After three rounds, Gaethje improved to 13-0 with a split decision victory, going the distance for the first time under the WSOF banner after scoring five straight finishes.

Jessica Aguilar still reigns supreme in the strawweight division. Coming off nine consecutive victories, the American Top Team talent successfully defended the WSOF championship for the second time, scoring a decision victory over Brazilian prospect Kalindra Faria.

After a close first round, Aguilar came back using more of her wrestling skills, taking the Brazilian down. She couldn’t keep the fight on the ground, as Faria went right back up most of the times, but did enough to comfortably win a triple 49-45 decision.

Chute Boxe veteran Jorge Patino "Macaco" scored a unanimous decision victory in the opening bout of WSOF 15’s main card.

Getting back to the WSOF cage following a TKO loss to Luis Palomino in January, the 41-year-old veteran dominated Eric Reynolds to win via decision in a bloody fight in Tampa. Working on takedowns and dozens of elbows from the mount, "Macaco" improves his record to 36-15-2 (with one no contests) in 19 years as a professional fighter.

Click here for complete WSOF 15 results.