Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Josh Burkman wasn't too crazy about the idea of fighting fellow ZUFFA castaway Jon Fitch in the main event of World Series of Fighting (WSOF) 3, which is scheduled for June 14, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Unfortunately, he doesn't have much choice.
That's the price of fame in a small organization with an even smaller roster. "The People's Warrior" has already won his first two fights for Ray Sefo and Co., including this finish over Aaron Simpson at the WSOF 2 event earlier this month in Atlantic City, NJ.
Burkman wanted his next fight to be for a title, but the organization recently squashed that idea:
There is a lot of talk about @MMAWorldSeries titles, to clear things up. WSOF will not be doing any title fights till the end of 2013.
Despite the absence of gold, Fitch vs. Burkman is still on for June, according to MMA Fighting. The 170-pound headliner will serve as a rematch from their UFC: "Fight Night 4" contest, which Fitch won by way of submission (rear naked choke) in the waning seconds of the second stanza.
A lot has changed since then.
The 35-year-old Fitch (24-5) was exiled from UFC after a 2-2-1 run over the past two years while Burkman (25-9) has flourished on the regional circuit, racking up a 7-1 record since leaving Las Vegas. Anyone think their second go-round ends any differently than the first?