Despite some technical issues early on in the night with the preliminary card feed, World Series of Fighting's (WSOF) third mixed martial arts (MMA) extravaganza was perhaps the most memorable yet on Saturday night (June 14, 2013) from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
If you missed any or all of the live action, check out our complete results and play-by-play right here.
Many dubbed the WSOF 3 main card as the upstart promotion's weakest on NBC Sports yet; however, three of the four main card fights --including a stunning main event finish-- delivered in "Sin City" and sent the fans home happy.
In the main event of the evening, Josh Burkman avenged a 2006 loss to Jon Fitch and shocked the world by choking the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title challenger completely unconscious just 41 seconds in the first round with a guillotine choke.
The fight started with Fitch coming out aggressive as he always does and Burkman reacted by landing a perfectly placed counter punch that hurt the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product and forced him to stumble to the ground.
Resilient as always, Fitch did his best to battle back, but Burkman got a hold of the neck and synched in the guillotine. Having successful defended 28 of 28 submission attempts in his UFC career, it seemed like Fitch was going to escape the choke as he has in the past; however, "The People's Warrior" had the technique locked in tight and there was no getting out.
No one could have seen the WSOF 3 main event featuring Jon Fitch being the quickest fight on the entire card, but that's exactly what happened. And given the nature of the fight result, there is sure to be a debate regarding whether or not Burkman has the performance of his career, or if UFC President Dana White was right in saying the 35-year-old Fitch was on a downward slide when he was released from earlier this year.
It took Carl just 92 seconds to get the job done as he patiently waited for the fight to hit the mat and then quickly pounced on a minor opening to take Steele's neck for the choke.
The most notable part of his performance of his performance was the fact the 28-year-old was able to force his opponent to tap out without any hooks in.
Although, that shouldn't be particularly surprising seeing as Carl's last four wins have all come by first-round rear-naked choke.
If you thought something was going to change about Jacob Volkmann's style after being released from the UFC earlier this year. Well, you were terribly wrong.
The newly named "Dr. Feelgood" did what he does by completely outclassing Lyle Beerbohm in an essentially all grappling contest for a unanimous decision victory in his WSOF debut.
Beerbohm had his chances to make something happen in the fight, but even when he had Volkmann pressed up against the fence was incapable of doing anything significant and was handily defeated.
It was far from the most exciting fight of the night, and despite his dominance, Volkmann showed to everyone exactly why it took two fights to be scrapped from the event to make the main card.
Luckily for fans watching, the other lightweight bout on the NBC Sports portion of the card was far more entertaining.
After a preliminary card that saw five-straight fights go the distance, undefeated 155-pound prospect Justin Gaethje got the first stoppage of the night in the main card opener with a third-round TKO stoppage over Brian Cobb due to a relentless assault of vicious leg kicks.
Gaethje showed his inexperience in the early going when he made several critical mistakes, and while Cobb was able to take advantage early by nearly scoring a finish, he ultimately couldn't capitalize and Gaethje began to find his stride with his punches and kicks as the fight wore on.
Despite having 20 fights of professional experience on his 24-year-old opponent, Cobb was not able to defend himself with the powerful leg kicks of Gaethje and in a rarely seen finish, verbally submitted from the punishment inflicted on his legs in the third round.
While Gaethje probably would have suffered a defeat to a better opponent after displaying poor fight IQ, his raw talent and resiliency makes him a prospect to look out for in the WSOF lightweight division.
What did you think about the third WSOF fight card? Do you feel the promotion is beginning to his its stride? What can they improve on? Who had the best and worst performances of the night?
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