The next World Series Of Fighting event appears to have a main event set. Former UFC Welterweight Championship challenger and recent WSOF signee Jon Fitch (24-5-1 1 NC, 0-0 WSOF) will take on Josh Burkman (25-9, 2-0 WSOF) in Fitch’s debut with the promotion at the June event. Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com reported the news on Wednesday night and stating that verbal agreements are in place for the bout.
Fitch was famously cut by the UFC last month following a loss to Demian Maia at UFC 156. He signed a multi-fight deal with the WSOF earlier this month and is looking to get back on track after scoring just one win over his last four fights.
Burkman is coming off a first-round knockout win over Aaron Simpson as this past weekend’s WSOF 2 event in Atlantic City. Burkman has now put together four straight wins, and he is 7-1 since being released from the UFC in 2008. He has also scored a win over Gerald Harris in the WSOF.
Fitch and Burkman have fought once before, in the UFC at UFC Fight Night 4 in April 2006. Fitch scored the win in the second round, submitting Burkman with a rear-naked choke.
Fitch vs. Burkman will be a non-title fight as the WSOF plans to introduce championships later this year. WSOF 3 is scheduled to take place on June 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It will air on the NBC Sports Network.