Former No. 1 Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight contender, Jon Fitch, competed outside the Octagon for the first time since 2005, taking on Josh Burkman in the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 3 main event last night (Fri., June 14, 2013).
Oddly enough, Fitch and Burkman competed against each other in the same building, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, at UFC Fight Night 4 back in April 2006, with the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA)-trained standout scoring a submission win (rear-naked choke) in round two.
What a difference seven years can make.
Fitch came out aggressive, looking to prove that he is still among the best 170-pound fighters in the world. Burkman played it cool and calm, circling away and waiting for the right opportunity to let loose. Fitch flung an overhand right that grazed the face of Burkman, who responded with a shot of his own, as well as a slap, sending the Boilermaker backward.
It marked the beginning of the end for Fitch.
Burkman, standing, wrapped his arms around the throat of Fitch, kneeling, and pulled him off the canvas with a tight guillotine choke. Fitch, who appeared stunned courtesy of some ground-and-pound before the hold was applied, stood up and struggled to get free.
And that was a shocking wrap.
The pair tumbled back down, with Burkman still locked-in, and Fitch unable to escape. Burkman suddenly popped up without the referee intervening, revealing that Fitch was unconscious beneath him. Indeed, Burkman did what Brazilian jiu-jitsu aces Demian Maia and B.J. Penn, among others, couldn't putting the "un-chokable" Fitch to sleep in less than one minute.
For more on the rematch between Jon Fitch vs. Josh Burkman 2 be sure to check out our full fight recap right here. And for complete WSOF 3 results, including blow-by-blow coverage of the NBC Sports main card, click here.