Titles won and defended at WSOF 30
By Edward Carbajal
The main card of WSOF 30 had the judges working hard last Saturday as David Branch managed to defend his middleweight title and Jon Fitch won a unanimous decision to become the new welterweight champion. Generally when fights are left to the judges, the result can lead to embroilment amongst fans and fight camps involved, but when the level of competition has the pedigree of the men on this card the fights tend to be more of a chess match and less of a brawl.
Adrenaline may have played a role in Branch’s defense of this middleweight title as he lost a point for an accidental knee to Starks when he was down. Prior to that, Branch seemed apprehensive in engaging Starks and played it very safe until he lost the point. In the championship rounds, he turned it up and was able to control the rest of the match for the win.
Jon Fitch has had a rough time in WSOF, when he fought for the title last he lost via submission from former champ Rousimar Palhares. It was a leg lock and it injured him as he tried to escape and with what fans know of Palhares, he’s not merciful at all when applying submissions. That’s part of why the title was vacant and it seems why Fitch was implementing a game plan that would keep him from losing to another leg lock artist in Zeferino. He would grind out a victory and fight a very smart fight against someone that would try to go for his leg again.
No one fought that night the way anyone thought they would, and by doing so showing evolution in their game. Vinny Magalhaes won a decision against Jake Heun and did so with striking on his feet and a little ground and pound. Many thought he would look to implement his ground game but he showcased his improved striking instead. While he did win, he did not escape without injury. After the match he tweeted a photo of his hand that broke during the fight.
See the full results of WSOF 30 below.
David Branch def. Clifford Starks via unanimous decision (49-44 x3)
Jon Fitch def. Joao Zeferino via unanimous decision (50-45 x3)
Vinny Magalhaes def. Jake Heun via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Abu Azaitar def. Danny Davis Jr. via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Abubakar Nurmagomedov def. Matt Frincu via TKO (Round 2, 3:05)
Rex Harris def. Clinton Williams via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Steve Kozola def. Matt Church via TKO (Round 1, 1:57)
Adam Acquaviva def. Andres Ponce via submission (rear naked choke) (Round 1, 2:10)
Zach Bunnell def. Jeff Roman via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.