I know the expression "must win" is bandied about in most sports circles, but truer words were never spoken about a Jon Fitch fight.
That's because the ex-Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight number one contender -- who was released earlier this year for being on the "downside of his career" -- resurfaced in World Series of Fighting (WSOF), where he was expected to rule the 170-pound roost.
I guess Josh Burkman didn't get the memo.
"The People's Warrior" choked out the former collegiate wrestling standout earlier this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, avenging a loss from 2006 and dropping Fitch to 1-3-1 over his last five fights. In addition, the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) product is 35 years old and the clock is ticking.
Hoping to beat Father Time to the punch is Marcelo Alfaya, who cut his teeth on the regional mixed martial arts (MMA) circuit before getting a few licks in under the Bellator MMA banner back in 2009. He was bounced from the promotion after suffering a knockout loss to Jake Ellenberger, but has since rebounded with three straight victories.
Outside of Ellenberger, this could be the 34 year-old Brazilian's toughest test to date.
The action goes down on Oct. 26, 2013 on the main card of the NBC Sports-televised WSOF 6: "Burkman vs. Carl" event from BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida, according to a report from MMA Fighting. In the headlining affair, Josh Burkman meets Steve Carl for the promotion's inaugural welterweight title, while Carson Beebe and Marlon Moraes hook 'em up in bantamweight action.
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