According to an article Monday on ProMMAInsider.com, the World Series of Fighting crowned the first champion in it’s short history at WSOF 6 Saturday night. Steve Carl captured the welterweight title when he defeated Josh Burkman with a triangle choke, putting him to sleep at the 1:02 mark of round four.
The sixth outing for the WSOF took place in Coral Gables, Fla., and Burkman was a decided favorite in the main event. However, it was Carl who proved triumphant, using the favored fighter’s aggression against him when the fight moved into the championship rounds. Burkman tapped to the choke, but referee Troy Waugh didn’t see it, and ultimately, Burkman would go limp. Before the finish, action was even with both fighters successfully fending off submission attempts.
The victory gave Carl a new title and improved his record to 21-3. For Josh Burkman, he saw his record drop to 26-10.
“I felt a little disappointed, I felt like I could have performed a lot better,” Carl said afterwards. “But, there’s something not a lot of people know. Two weeks ago I was in the emergency room with torn muscles and a bulging disc in my back unable to walk. My last two weeks have been nothing but rest and rehab to get here. I was bound and determined to take this fight. I’m not really happy with my performance. I was so tired I wanted to quit there a couple of times. Josh is a really game opponent and he kept bringing it.”
The co-main event would be a much shorter affair as bantamweight Carson Beebe tried to trade blows with Marlon Moraes. That was a poor strategy as he was knocked out in just 32 seconds. It was a big left hand that sent Beebe to the canvas after hitting him with several big blows beforehand.
Moraes is 4-0 since joining WSOF, quickly becoming one of their top stars. Beebe, meanwhile, now has a record of 14-3.
In other action on the card, UFC veteran Jon Fitch rebounded from his loss in his WSOF debut against Josh Burkman with a split decision victory over Marcelo Alfaya. It was hardly an impressive showing, with Fitch starting slowly before slowly turning the tide in his favor. The most interesting part of the contest was that Fitch actually was determined to keep the fight standing.
The opening bout of the televised portion of the card saw Justin Gaethje stay unbeaten with a second round TKO of Joe Lauzon. In the opening frame, Gaethje destroyed Lauzon’s right leg with his leg kicks, forcing Lauzon to open the second round with an orthodox stance. That prompted Gaethje to switch the focus of his attack to his opponent’s left leg.
The end came at 1:40 of the second round when an uppercut followed a punishing combination that proved too much for Lauzon. It was the first loss for “The upgrade” in his last six fights.