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WSOF 3: Burkman Shocks Fitch

Josh Burkman

The World Series of Fighting returned to action tonight for WSOF 3. In the main event of the evening, Josh Burkman pulled off an absolutely stunning submission victory over Jon Fitch. The victory puts Burkman up for a welterweight title fight later this year.

Burkman Puts Fitch to Sleep

Josh Burkman’s career resurgence continued tonight in Vegas as he defeated Jon Fitch in a bout that looked nothing like their original fight. Early in the round Burkman and Fitch exchanged powerful hooks but it was a follow up shot by Burkman that sent Fitch reeling. Burkman immediately went for the choke and despite Fitch’s attempt to get out, he would go to sleep in the cage. Burkman simply rolled Fitch over and walked away before referee Steve Mazzagatti realized what happened.

Burkman’s stunning resurgence has featured four-straight victories over former UFC fighters. The victory has Burkman poised to challenge for the WSOF welterweight belt against a currently unnamed opponent. The submission loss was the first time Fitch has been choked out since his MMA debut against Mike Pyle in 2002.


Rd. 1- Steve Mazzagatti is our referee. Touch of gloves and we’re off with Fitch stalking forward. Burkman catches Fitch after they both connected with hooks and then jumps a guillotine. Fitch battles as and tries to slam out. Burkman rotates on top and just stands up as Fitch is asleep from the choke. Referee did not even check on him. Wow.

Josh Burkman def. Jon Fitch via technical submission (guillotine) at 0:41 of Round 1

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