Josh Burkman likely couldn’t have asked for a more impressive way to avenge his 2006 loss to Jon Fitch, as the former TUF competitor choked out the accomplished welterweight in just 41 seconds at WSOF  3 in Las Vegas. With the victory, which came via guillotine choke, Burkman has won five straight fights and has positioned himself at the top of the WSOF rankings.

Fitch, who was making his WSOF debut, has now lost 3 of his last 4 bouts, after losing just one time (to Georges St. Pierre) in a run that extended from 2003 through 2010.

Other main card winners on the night included Steve Carl, Justin Gaethje and UFC vet Jacob Volkmann, who worked his way to a UD win over former Strikeforce competitor Lyle Beerbohm.


Josh Burkman def. Jon Fitch via technical submission (guillotine choke) – R1, 0:41

Steve Carl def. Tyson Steele via submission (rear-naked choke) – R1, 1:32

Jacob Volkmann def. Lyle Beerbohm via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Justin Gaethje def. Brian Cobb via TKO (leg kicks) – R3, 2:19

Jerrod Sanders def. Jeff Smith via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Dan Lauzon def. John Gunderson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Carson Beebe def. Joe Murphy via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Krasimir Mladenov def. Kendrick Miree via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Branson Hansen def. Josh Montalvo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)