By Jake Chastain
| For the first time in WSOF history there will be a middleweight champion…that is, after four fighters compete in a four man tournament to see who the best in the company really is.
The tournament will consist of 2008 TUF alumni and MMA veteran Jesse Taylor, Dave Branch, Danilo Villefort and Elvis Mutapcic, WSOF president Ray Sefo and executive vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz confirmed earlier today.
The first semi-final scrap is scheduled to take place at WSOF 4 on August 10th in California, although the venue and site have not been finalized, while the other will be taking place the following month of September at WSOF 5. There has been no location given for the WSOF 5 event yet.
The winners of those fights are looking to meet at a tentative event in December.
The tournament will host two former middleweight champions in Taylor (26-9), who is riding a six-fight winning streak and was the former MW Champion of Cage Warrior, and Mutapcic (13-2), who is riding a five-fight winning streak and held the MW strap in the MFC organization. However, it is hard to pick a favorite out of this tournament because both Branch (12-3) and Villefort (14-4) are tough competitors who are also undefeated under the WSOF banner. Don’t miss this exciting tournament of action starting in August, fight fans.danillo villefort, Dave Branch, elvis mutapcic, Jesse Taylor, middleweights, nbc sports network, ray sefo, wsof, WSOF 4, WSOF 5