Jon Fitch vs. Josh Burkman Headlines World Series of Fighting 3 in June

March 28, 2013
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Jon Fitch 024 UFC 117-478x270Former UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch will make his World Series of Fighting debut in the promotion’s third event against Josh Burkman on June 14 in Las Vegas.

WSOF president Ray Sefo made the announcement on Wednesday via Twitter.

Fitch (24-5-1) was released by the UFC after a decision loss to Demian Maia at UFC 156 on Feb. 2.  He’s gone 1-2-1 in his last four fights.

Burkman (25-9) was released by the UFC in 2008 after dropping three fights in a row, but has gone 7-1 since leaving the organization.  He’s coming off a first round knockout of Aaron Simpson at WSOF 2 on March 23.

The fight is a rematch.  The two first met at UFC Fight Night 4 in 2006.  Fitch defeated Burkman that night by rear naked choke in the closing seconds of the second round.

The fight will headline the June 14 card, Sefo told MMAFighting.com.

Prior to WSOF 2, Sefo revealed plans to implement title fights in the start-up promotion.  Burkman, the top 170-pound contender in WSOF, recently said that Fitch didn’t deserve a title shot in his first outing for the promotion, and he won’t get one.  The bout will be a non-title fight.

The venue for the event has yet to be announced.

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  • stevemcz11

    I’ll watch this

  • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

    WSOF has had two awesome cards so far. I’m becoming a big fan of their promotion. I like Josh he’s real tough guy but I have Fitch again in this fight.

    • Chris

      Ya dude, definitely agree with you there. Two for two in terms of really entertaining cards, it’s nice to have an organization where you can tune in and be guaranteed good fights

      • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

        I was pleased with both cards and the third one is looking nice already as well. You have Fitch or Burkman on this one?

  • Sir_Roy

    Bet Burkman wishes he never mentioned Fitch not being deserving of a title fight now …

    Hope Fitch does well. He’s one of those blokes who’s picked himself up from nothing, worked hard, and made the best run he could with the tools given. I respect that.

    • http://www.CombatScienceMMA.com/ CombatScienceMMA

      Fitch still has an incredible record. I mean he got caught by Hendricks and the fight with Maia just didn’t go his way at all but he’s still a talented fighter and a very good name to have on a fighters resume.