WSOF 20: Branch vs. Markes Predictions

Kamikaze Overdrive MMA Predictions continues to expand it’s prediction coverage of the MMA world with the newest addition to our writing team. Brent Pearce will be analysing and providing predictions for the World Series of Fighting along with joining Daniel Baker by adding his own Bellator predictions for future events. Kamikaze Overdrive is now your #1 destination for World Series of Fighting Predictions, make sure to check back for coverage for each WSOF event.

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WSOF 20 

WORLD SEREIS of FIGHTING 20

FRIDAY APRIL 10, 2015

FOXWOODS RESORT AND CASINO

LEDYARD, CONNECTICUT, UNITED STATES

The World Series of Fighting 20 goes down this Friday night with a card that promises some highly entertaining bouts. The main card presents Ben Fodor aka “Phoenix Jones”, a real life crime fighter made famous on youtube fighting in his WSOF debut. Dangerous 155ers, Ozzy Dugulubgov and Lucas Montoya square off in a high level 155lb match up along with fellow 155er Nick Newell who returns from his first loss at the hands of WSOF Lightweight Champ Justin Gaethje. The main event is a scintillating scrap featuring two elite level and explosive middleweights in Ronny Markes versus David Branch.

4 STARS

 205LBS – RONNY MARKES (15 – 3 – 0) VS DAVID BRANCH (15-3-0)

At WSOF 19, Teddy Holder impressed and won his trip to the tournament finals by knocking out Thiago Silva in the first round. Holder will find out who he faces for the vacant title when current WSOF middleweight champion David Brach and Ronny Markes battle in the main event of WSOF 20.

Branch is very experienced and had a stint in the UFC. He lost to Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in 2012 but since has gone unbeaten. He entered the WSOF and claimed decision wins in his first three outings, including a middleweight tournament semi-final victory over Danillo Villefort. Branch then fought Jesse Taylor who he submitted in the first round to claim the title. He successfully and impressively defended the belt with a fourth-round TKO of Yushin Okami back in November. Branch is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, who carries striking prowess with five wins by knockout and four via submission. Branch has proven his elite level status which was cemented with his victory over heavily favoured Yushin Okami. He now moves up to the 205lb Light heavyweight division to join the 4 man tournament that will decide a 205lb champ.

Ronny Markes sports an identical fight record as Branch with 15 wins and only 3 losses. Markes has wins in the UFC and like Branch, fights at the elite level of the MMA. Markes record was 11-1 before signing with the UFC, and the Brazilian had strong showings in both the middleweight and light heavyweight division. Undefeated through three Octagon appearances Markes was finished with strikes by Yoel Romero and Thiago Santos. Markes signed with the WSOF and defeated Cully Butterfield in his debut. The Nova Uniao Kimura fighter is a BJJ black belt who has 5 TKO finishes and four wins by submission.

This fight is an elite matchup with the added intrigue of David Branch, the WSOF Middleweight Champ stepping up to fight in a 4 man Light heavyweight tournament.

PREDICTION:

Ronny Markes is a high level fighter but David Branch is elite level. David Branch wins this fight. Decision or KO. 

4 STARS

155LBS – NICK NEWELL (11-1-0) VS JOE CONDON (12-7-0)

Nick Newell’s loss at the hands of Justin Gaethje is nothing to be ashamed of and there was the questionable knee that impacted that fight. Newell signed an extension to his WSOF contract and looks to climb the ladder back to title contender. In his way is Joe Condon.

Condon is a Cobra Kai fighter who has gone 6-7 in his last 13 fights. He has six decision victories and five submissions finishes.

Newell has repeatedly shown that he is a dangerous fighter in the lightweight division. In his loss to Gaethje, Newell showed he belongs with the elites in this division. Newell is aggressive and has high fight IQ. He also has that special something that allows him to rise to the occasion and to overcome adversity.

PREDICTION:

Nick Newell gained valuable experience in his fight with the current Lightweight Champ. Newell wins the fight by submission or dominating decision victory. 

4 STARS

155LBS – OZZY DUGULUBGOV (6-2-0) VS LUCAS MONTOYA (8-3-0)

In the lightweight division, WSOF veteran Ozzy Dugulubgov fights late replacement Lucas Montoya who replaces Melvin Guillard.

Dugulubgov is a Renzo Gracie fighter with a 3-1record in the WSOF. He has WSOF wins over Chris Wade, Andrew Osborne and Keon Caldwell. Dugulubgov has a good wrestling and grappling base along with dangerous striking with three wins by some form of knockout.

Montoya is a Blackout MMA fighter who is dangerous on the mat and sports five submission wins. Montoya was getting hit against Danny August but came out with a first round submission win. Porous striking defense is a liability that will cost him against Dugulubgov.

PREDICTION:

Ozzy Dugulubgov takes this one via knockout or decision.  

4 STARS

170LBS – BEN FODOR (5-0-1) VS MANNY WALO (7-2-0)

Ben Fodor brings some intrigue and notoriety into the cage with his Super Hero street crime fighting that has gone viral on youtube. Fodor dresses as the masked “Phoenix Jones” and can be seen breaking up fights and knocking out drunk and hostile assailants in the name of street justice. Ben Fodor is unbeaten in his martial arts career and puts his record on the line against Manny Walo who hopes to shatter the hype behind Fodor’s superhero fame.

Manny Emmanuel Walo is a veteran fighter with wins in the WSOF, Cage Fury Fighting Championships and CES MMA. Walo was 7-0-1before being knocked out by Chuck O’Neil in his most recent contest. Walo’s chin is a bit suspect in this one but Walo is a competitor who believes he has the experience necessary to defeat the street sideshow Ben Fodor.

PREDICTION:

Ben Fodor may have a tougher time than he does against inebriated opponents but still comes out victorious in this one.

4 STARS

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