By Benjamin Bieker
MAIN CARD RESULTS
Josh Burkman def. Jon Fitch via technical submission – Round 1, 0:41
As much as people may hate to admit it, it looks like Dana White was right when he said that he cut Jon Fitch since he was on a downslide. This fight was billed as a rematch seven years in the making, and fans can see that what the difference those seven years have made. After Burkman lost to Fitch, he went 3-4 in the UFC before getting dropped from the promotion, but he rebounded by going 7-1 before this fight with Fitch. For Fitch, he went 11-1 before hitting a 1-2-1 stretch that spelled his exit from the Octagon. Now, seven years later it took Burkman just 41 seconds to choke Fitch unconscious after dropping him. If that doesn’t mean he is not a top fighter anymore there may just be no convincing anyone.
Steve Carl def. Tyson Steele via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:32
Steve Carl’s first foray into a major MMA promotion did not go well, because he went 2-2 in the Bellator promotion. A four fight winning streak earned him his ticket into the WSOF promotion, and he has paid his dues so far for them. Counting this win over Steele he has earned six straight wins by submission all in the first round. It may be time for him to face off with Burkman for the inaugural welterweight title and see who can submit each other the fastest. For Steele, this is only the second loss of his career and breaks a four fight winning streak.
Jacob Volkmann def. Lyle Beerbohm via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Volkmann brought his vintage style to win this fight, but unfortunately that style is not one that is pleasing to any fan. Volkmann used a lay and pray style to grind away any chance for Beerbohm to win and while he may have a big mouth he does not have the finishing ability to match it. While a win is a win, everyone can agree that when you win like this it does not move your career anywhere.
Justin Gaethje def. Brian Cobb via TKO (leg kicks) – Round 3, 2:19
Brian Cobb professed that he wanted to win this fight an move onto the WSOF lightweight tile, but the kicks of Gaethje had other ideas. If you do not know Gaethje he may be a fighter to learn about, because at 9-0 he is going places. Before this bout, he had knocked out Drew Fickett in 12 seconds, and stopped Gesias Cavalcante with a cut at the second WSOF. With his second round stoppage of Cobb he is a rising star that was born in this promotion.
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
Jerrod Sanders def. Jeff Smith via decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dan Lauzon def. John Gunderson via decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Carson Beebe def. Joe Murphy via decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Krasimir Mladenov def. Kendrick Miree via decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Branson Hansen def. Josh Montalvo via decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
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