by Adam Martin
The main event of WSOF 3 featured one of the most surprising finishes in mixed martial arts in quite some time, as long-time veteran Josh Burkman was able to submit top-10 welterweight Jon Fitch — a man who many believed couldn’t be choked out — with a guillotine choke in only 41 seconds.
Burkman entered the fight as a 3-to-1 underdog and Fitch was a 5-to-1 favorite even though Burkman had won six of his last seven while Fitch had only won one of his last four. The reason Burkman was such a big dog was because the two fighters had previously fought in 2006 and Fitch won the fight via second-round submission, and even though Fitch had been on a bit of a slide as of late, most believed he still matched up well against Burkman and could get the victory.
But everyone that picked Fitch was wrong as Burkman knocked Fitch down early on in the fight with some very powerful strikes, locked his arms around Fitch’s head and squeezed so tight that Fitch never even got a chance to to tap out before he went to sleep. In fact, Burkman realized that Fitch was out before referee Steve Mazzagatti did and gently placed his passed-out foe on the canvas in one of the most bad-ass walk-off seen in quite a while.
All in all it was one of the most impressive performances on 2013 and it’s by far Burkman’s best win of his career. It’s a win that, I believe, leads us to wonder just how good Burkman really is at this point in time.
Since being cut by the UFC following a 5-5 tenure in the Octagon, Burkman has now won seven of his last eight fights with the only loss in that span coming to top prospect Jordan Mein and the wins coming over former UFC fighters such as Fitch, Aaron Simpson, and Gerald Harris.
It seems as though Burkman has improved quite a bit since the last time he fought in the UFC and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the UFC actually brought him back for another go around, especially since UFC president Dana White tweeted about how impressed he was with Burkman’s performance following the WSOF card.
I’m interested to see how Burkman performs against the top welterweights in the world as the win over Fitch definitely puts him in the top 15 or top 20 of the world welterweight ranks. But as long as he stays in WSOF, we’ll never know his true potential.
What are your thoughts?