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Josh Burkman: “Fitch Beat Me Worse Than Anybody’s Ever Beat Me”

World Series of Fighting has some interesting match-ups set to go at its June 14th event, and the card’s headliner between Josh Burkman and Jon Fitch certainly has the potential to be a pretty sweet fight. Fitch has something to prove after he was surprisingly released by the UFC earlier this year, and Burkman will be looking to build on his stoppage win over Aaron Simpson at WSOF 2.

Burkman and Fitch have fought once before, as way back in 2006, the former UFC welterweight contender tapped out Burkman with a second round, rear-naked-choke. Fitch went on to score six more wins after that fight to entrench a title shot with Georges St. Pierre, while Burkman went 3-3 in his next six and was let go by the UFC.

In a recent interview with, Burkman had the following to say about his first encounter with Fitch.

Fitch beat me worse than anybody’s ever beat me in my career inside or outside the cage.  He beat me at a time when I was probably buying my own hype a little too much and I definitely underestimated Fitch and overestimated myself.  That’s where my career started to go up and down and it’s a fight that I performed well under my abilities and now coming back in my career, it’s just a fight that I want back.  I think every fighter wants a chance to avenge his losses.

Interesting. The 32 year-old Burkman also broke down his upcoming rematch with Fitch, and why he believes things will be different this time around. You can read the entire interview by heading here.

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