Fitch will make his World Series of Fighting Debut against
Burkman at the Las Vegas-based promotion’s upcoming
WSOF President Ray Sefo
revealed the booking to MMAFighting.com on Wednesday, and
Sherdog.com subsequently confirmed the pairing with a source close
to the promotion. The bout was initially announced during last
Saturday’s WSOF 2 broadcast, but that announcement appeared
premature when Burkman expressed his desire to fight Fitch for the
first WSOF welterweight title if Fitch first earned the shot by
picking up a win.
Burkman today told Sherdog.com that he meant no disrespect toward
Fitch and that he only meant to convey his enthusiasm about
fighting for a title. The fighter said that while contracts have
not been signed, he is currently negotiating with the promotion and
is confident that the bout will come to fruition. WSOF 3 takes
place June 14, though a venue has not yet been announced for the
Fitch and Burkman first met in the UFC nearly seven years ago, with
Fitch emerging victorious via second-round rear-naked choke.
Despite his longtime status as one of the world’s best
welterweights, Fitch, 35, was released from his UFC contract
following a one-sided decision loss to grappling ace Demian Maia
last month at UFC 156. Fitch posted 21 wins in 22 bouts from 2003
to 2010 and has been finished just three times in 31 pro outings,
though he has gone just 1-2-1 in his last four fights.
Burkman, 32, received his UFC release in 2008 and has since won
seven of his last eight fights, with his lone loss in that span
coming via decision to Canadian prospect Jordan Mein.
“The People’s Warrior” made his WSOF foray at the promotion’s debut
show last November, taking a unanimous decision from Gerald
Harris before blitzing Aaron
Simpson last Saturday en route to a first-round knockout at