After debuting with two fight cards on NBC Sports Network, World Series of Fighting made its return to the network to host its third event on Friday, June 14 from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Headlining a four-fight main card was a rematch from 2006 as Jon Fitch made his debut with the promotion taking on Josh Burkman. Fitch defeated Burkman by submission in the second round at UFC Fight Night 4, and looked to make a splash in WSOF with another win over “The People’s Warrior”.

Also on the main card were welterweights Tyson Steele and Steve Carl in the co-main event, Justin Gaethje battling Brian Cobb, and Jacob Volkmann making his debut against veteran Lyle Beerbohm.

Another five bouts rounded out the card beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET, with the main card kicking off at 11:00 p.m. ET.

Burkman puts Fitch to sleep

Headliners Jon Fitch and Josh Burkman went to battle in the rematch, with Burkman evening the series with a first-round submission win.

Fitch worked for the takedown to begin the fight, but Burkman put Fitch down and made quick work from there. Burkman scrambled and found the neck of Fitch to wrap up a guillotine choke that put Fitch to sleep.

Burkman keeps his streak going at five, now 3-0 in World Series of Fighting.

Carl submits Steele

In the co-main event, Tyson Steele and Steve Carl squared off in a welterweight clash.

Carl pressed early to let his hands go, but Steele caught the leg of Carl to earn a takedown. However, Carl reversed the position to lock up a choke to force Steele to immediately tap out.

The submission win came at 1:32, giving Carl his sixth consecutive win.

Volkmann grinds out Beerbohm

Jacob Volkmann made his debut with World Series of Fighting since being released by the UFC, and defeated veteran Lyle Beerbohm in his first bout.

Beerbohm pushed the pace early to press Volkmann against the cage, but Volkmann sprawled and brought the fight to the ground. It turned into a grappling match, with Volkmann controlling his opponent until Beerbohm found an opening to return to his feet.

The second round turned into a mirror image of the first, with Beerbohm putting Volkmann against the cage. But no action was being done, so the referee stepped in to separate the two.

Volkmann brought the fight to the mat to begin the final round, and worked to get a body lock on Beerbohm. Volkmann tried to lock up a rear-naked choke, but could never secure it as the final horn sounded.

Gaethje TKOs Cobb via leg kick

To kick off the main card, Justin Gaethje continued his unbeaten streak with a TKO win over Brian Cobb.

Cobb shot in for a takedown to begin the opening round, but was reversed by Gaethje. Gaethje stayed on top for a moment, but made a mistake which allowed the submission specialist Cobb to take control on the mat. Cobb worked to secure a body triangle, looking for submission attempts in the process, but Gaethje stayed tough to see another round.

The two men engaged in a striking exchange for the first half of round two, but the pace slowed as the round went on as they worked against the cage. Gaethje looked to load up with his punches and pressed forward on Cobb. Cobb landed with accurate punches as the round came to an end.

Gaethje remained the aggressor in the last frame, but Cobb answered by scoring points with jabs. Gaethje targeted the leg of Cobb, and landed a couple of hard kicks to force the referee to stop the bout after Cobb verbally alerted him.

Preliminary Card Summary

Jeff Smith and Jerrod Sanders came into Friday night with just one loss on their records, so one would add a second in the final prelim bout. Sanders would get the decision win, improving his record to 13-1.

Two former UFC competitors Dan Lauzon and John Gunderson stepped inside the cage, with Lauzon earning his fifth straight victory. Lauzon controlled all three rounds, and earned a clear-cut decision win.

Bantamweights Carson Beebe and Joe Murphy met on the prelims and engaged in a grappling exchange. After three rounds of battling for position on the mat, the judges tallied their scores. The verdict was a unanimous decision, with Beebe pulling out the win.

Krasimir Mladenov and Kendrick Miree squared off in a three-round contest, as Mladenov earned the nod via unanimous decision.

In the first bout of the evening, Branson Hansen got the upperhand of Josh Montalvo by earning a unanimous decision on the judges’ scorecards.

Jon Fitch def. Josh Burkman by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:41
Steve Carl def. Tyson Steele by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 1:32
Jacob Volkmann def. Lyle Beerbohm by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Justin Gaethje def. Brian Cobb by TKO (leg kick). Round 3, 2:19
Jerrod Sanders def. Jeff Smith by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Dan Lauzon def. John Gunderson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Carson Beebe def. Joe Murphy by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Krasimir Mladenov def. Kendrick Miree by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Brenson Hansen def. Josh Montalvo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Photo: Josh Burkman (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)

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  • Chris

    What a sick submission, Burkman is for real! Can’t wait to see him and Carl fight