Jon Fitch -- or his proposed World Series of Fighting (WSOF) opponents, for that matter -- just can't seem to catch a break.
Josh Burkman, who was scheduled to take on Fitch at WSOF 11 on July 5, 2014, in Daytona, Fla., has been forced out of the trilogy fight because of a hyper-extended elbow, ligament damage and bone bruise, according to this Twitter post.
"The People's Warrior" was pegged as a late challenger for Fitch after Jake Shields was scrapped from fighting his fellow Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) castaway also with an injury. Shields, interestingly enough, was also a replacement fight for Fitch after Rousimar Palahares -- the man originally booked to defend his 170-pound title against the former No. 1 UFC Welterweight contender -- opted out of the championship fight for personal reasons.
For those keeping count, that is now three opponents who have left Fitch high-and-dry, forcing WSOF officials to scramble for a fourth opponent (maybe this guy) for an event that is a little more than three weeks away.