The World Series of Fighting will crown its inaugural middleweight champion through a four-man tournament featuring Jesse Taylor, Elvis Mutapcic, David Branch and Danillo Villefort.
WSOF officials recently announced the news on the organization’s official Facebook page. While specific bracket matchups were not mentioned, the promotion did reveal that the first semifinal confrontation will take place at WSOF 4 on Aug. 10. The second semifinal will then follow at WSOF 5 the following month.
Taylor, 29, rides a six-fight winning streak heading into his WSOF debut. “JT” introduced himself to most fans as a member of “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 back in 2008. More recently, Taylor captured the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship middleweight title, defending the belt successfully against John Phillips on May 4.
Mutapcic, meanwhile, joins the WSOF as the reigning Maximum Fighting Championship middleweight titlist. Regarded as one of the world’s best 185-pound prospects, the 26-year-old has won his last five fights and was last seen outpointing Bellator vet Sam Alvey at MFC 36 in February.
A UFC and Bellator veteran, Branch, 31, signed with the WSOF last year and has gone 2-0 under the promotional banner, outpointing Dustin Jacoby this past November before doing the same to an overmatched Paulo Filho on March 23 at WSOF 2.
Villefort has competed for the UFC, the IFL, the WEC and Strikeforce in his eight years as a pro. The native Brazilian has won five of his last six bouts and made his WSOF debut on March 23, when he took a split decision from fellow Octagon alum Kris McCray.