WSOF 15 Championship Going Up Against UFC 180&Bellator 131

With MMA’s top three organizations all scheduled to host events on Nov. 15, WSOF is making a bid to stand out above its competitors by hosting a championship triple-header.

Promotion officials revealed to USA TODAY Sports and MMAjunkie that WSOF 15 will feature middleweight champion David Branch (14-3) vs. Yushin Okami (30-8), lightweight titleholder Justin Gaethje (12-0) vs. Melvin Guillard (32-13-2), and women’s strawweight champ Jessica Aguilar (18-4) vs. Kalindra Faria (15-3-1).

WSOF 15 takes place at USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Fla., and airs live on NBC Sports Network. On the same night, UFC hosts a pay-per-view event, UFC 180, in Mexico City while Bellator visits San Diego for a Spike TV event, Bellator 131.

Branch is 4-0 under the WSOF banner and claimed the promotion’s inaugural middleweight title with a submission win over Jesse Taylor in June. The bout came in the final of a four-man tournament that saw Branch also earn a decision win over Danillo Villefort. He now meets Okami, who’s currently ranked No. 7 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings. Okami made his WSOF debut in March and scored a submission win over Svetlozar Savov.

The undefeated Gaethje is 5-0 with WSOF, and all wins have come via knockout. Most recently, he downed Nick Newell in July at WSOF 11 on NBC, successfully defending the promotion’s lightweight belt in the process. Guillard also fought at WSOF 11 while making his promotional debut in a second-round stoppage of Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante.

The Mexican-born Aguilar is currently ranked No. 1 at 115 pounds in the Unified Women’s Mixed Martial Arts Rankings. She’s fought twice in 2014 for WSOF, picking up the promotion’s title in January by submitting Alida Gray and then defending the belt with a June decision win over Emi Fujino. She now welcomes WSOF newcomer Faria, who’s ranked No. 8 and has an 11-fight winning streak.

The latest WSOF 15 card now includes:

Champ Dave Branch vs. Yushin Okami – for middleweight title
Champ Justin Gaethje vs. Melvin Guillard – for lightweight title
Champ Jessica Aguilar vs. Kalindra Faria – for women’s strawweight title

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