World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 3 was an entertaining fight card, with only one bout on the main card requiring the services of the judges. Justin Gaethje and Brian Cobb kicked off the main card properly with an entertaining three-rounder, while Josh Burkman blew the roof off the building with his performance.
Here are the results of the WSOF 3 fight card held on June 14, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev:
Josh Burkman def. Jon Fitch
Burkman went right to work at WSOF 3, dropping Fitch with a hard right hook seconds into their fight. Josh followed up with some hard shots from back side mount, and he locked up a tight guillotine choke shortly after. Burkman dropped down to half guard, Fitch’s body went limp, and MMA history was made as “The People’s Warrior” became the second man to submit Fitch inside a cage (Mike Pyle submitted him during his professional MMA debut). A feat even Brazilian Jiu Jitsu wizard Demian Maia couldn’t accomplish.
The entire bout lasted only 41 seconds.
With his impressive performance against a high-caliber opponent like Fitch, Burkman established himself as one of the top welterweights in mixed martial arts right now.
Steve Carl def. Tyson Steele
Steele spent the opening seconds running around the cage, but Carl managed to close the distance. He landed some hard shots, prompting a half-hearted takedown attempt from Steele which he defended with ease. Carl transitioned to Steele’s back from the sprawl, simultaneously trapping Tyson’s arm while locking up a rear-naked choke.
The tap came shortly after, bringing an end to their WSOF 3 contest at 1:32 of round one.
Jacob Volkmann def. Lyle Beerbohm
Lyle landed a few decent strikes early in their WSOF 3 encounter, prompting Volkmann to tie things up. From that point on, Volkmann controlled the remainder of the fight, relying heavily on his superior wrestling.
The cage-side judges scored the bout 30-27, 29-28, and 30-27, all in favor of Volkmann.
Justin Gaethje def. Brian Cobb
Cobb, surprisingly, put Gaethje on his back seconds into their WSOF 3 encounter, but it was Gaethje who dominated the opening minute of the fight. However, Cobb managed to turn things around when Gaethje went for a flying high kick, taking Justin’s back. Cobb stayed there for the remainder of the first round, thanks to a body triangle, working in some decent shots.
Gaethje regained control of the fight in the second round, aggressively stalking Cobb, throwing all his punches with mean intentions. His aggression paid off during the third round when a series of vicious low kicks destroyed Cobb’s left knee, forcing referee Steve Mazzagatti to stop the contest.
With the win, Gaethje improves his professional MMA record to 9-0.
Jerrod Sanders def. Jeff Smith (unanimous decision)
Dan Lauzon def. John Gunderson (unanimous decision)
Carson Beebe def. Joe Murphy (unanimous decision)
Krasimir Mladenov def. Kendrick Miree (unanimous decision)
Brenson Hansen def. Josh Montalvo (unanimous decision)