MMA Odds and Ends for Wednesday: Fitch vs. Burkman Set For WSOF 3

Jon Fitch The World Series of Fighting officially has a main event booked for its third event. According to‘s Ariel Helwani, former UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch will take on Josh Burkman in the main event of World Series of Fighting 3, which takes place June 14 in Las Vegas, NV. According to the report, both fighters have verbally agreed to the bout, although it’s not yet known if it’s a three-round non-title bout or if it’s a five-round title fight, as the WSOF is looking to introduce belts to its organization soon. Fitch (24-5-1) was cut by the UFC last month following a poor performance to Demian Maia at UFC 156. He has actually already beaten Burkman, as he submitted the fellow American at UFC Fight Night 4 in 2006, but with a thin welterweight division, WSOF didn’t have many other options for Fitch to fight. Fitch is looking to prove he is still one of the best welterweight fighters in the world, and although a win over Burkman really won’t do much for his career, a W is still a W and Burkman has actually been red-hot as of late so it makes for an intriguing rematch. Burkman (25-9) has won seven of eight fights since being released by the UFC, with the only loss in that time span coming to hotshot Canadian prospect Jordan Mein. Burkman looked absolutely tremendous in his WSOF debut this past weekend at the promotion’s second event, knocking out Aaron Simpson with a knee and punches. Burkman is looking for revenge against Fitch in this fight, and even though he’s ranked a lot lower and has already lost to Fitch, don’t be surprised to see Burkman pull off the upset in this one. Expect Fitch to open around -300 or so, with the comeback on Burkman being around the +250 mark. Bermudez vs. Holloway Booked For UFC 160 The UFC today added a fun featherweight fight between up-and-comers Max Holloway and Dennis Bermudez to the upcoming UFC 160 card, which takes place May 25 in Las Vegas, NV. Both fighters are currently riding three-fight win streaks so expect the winner of this fight to get a big-name opponent next time out. Holloway (7-1) is one of the youngest fighters in the UFC at only 21 years of age, but that hasn’t stopped him from picking up three-straight wins over Leonard Garcia, Justin Lawrence, and Pat Schilling after beginning his UFC career with a loss to Dustin Poirier. The Hawaii native is an excellent striker and has a crazy reach and height advantage for the 145-pound division. However, he does have holes in his grappling and if he can’t keep Bermudez from taking him down, he could very well lose this fight. Bermudez (10-3) has picked up three-straight wins himself over Matt Grice, Tommy Hayden and Pablo Garza after beginning his own UFC career with a loss to Diego Brandao in the finals of TUF 14. The American is a very strong fighter, and his wrestling has been dominant in all of his wins, especially the fight with Garza. A winner of two “Fight of the Night” and one “Knockout of the Night” awards in four UFC fights, Bermudez is an extremely exciting fighter and his last outing, which came against Grice at UFC 157, was one of the very best fights of the year so far. This is an excellent matchup and it should be close to a Pick ’em at the sportsbooks when the line opens, although it wouldn’t be surprising to see Bermudez the slight favorite due to his wrestling advantage.

Written by Adam Martin.

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