On Saturday, Oct. 26, World Series of Fighting will host its sixth event from the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.

In the night’s main event, the promotion will crown its inaugural welterweight champion as hard-charging UFC veteran Josh Burkman takes on former Bellator combatant Steve Carl.

Also on the NBC Sports-broadcast main card, bantamweights Carson Beebe and Marlon Moraes face off, former UFC title challenger Jon Fitch looks to get back in the win column against Marcelo Alfaya, and undefeated lightweight Justin Gaethje battles UFC veteran Dan Lauzon.

The night’s preliminary card kicks off at 6 p.m. ET, live on the promotion’s website. The four-fight main card airs live at 9 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network.

WW Championship: Josh Burkman (26-9) vs. Steve Carl (20-3)

Casual fans might not remember the name Josh Burkman as the Ultimate Fighter alum went just 5-5 inside the confines of the Octagon, losing four of his last five with the promotion. But you’d be hard pressed to find another fighter that has experienced the career resurgence that the Utah fighter has over the last year. He’ll look to ride that momentum into his WSOF title clash with Bellator vet Steve Carl.

The Pit Elevated product has gone 8-1 since his 2009 release from the UFC, with his lone loss coming to current UFC fighter Jordan Mein. In his last four outings, Burkman’s bested fellow UFC alums Jamie Yager, Gerald Harris, Aaron Simpson and, most recently, Jon Fitch, whom he dispatched of in just 41 seconds. Burkman holds 10 wins via submission and six by some form of knockout.

Carl, meanwhile, is on a six-fight winning streak, but lacks the notoriety that Burkman brings to the cage. Trained in Army Combatives, the Team Hard Drive fighter has only lost on three occasions. Two of those defeats came during his Bellator tenure, during which he dropped a decision to Douglas Lima and was submitted by Dan Hornbuckle. Carl’s current streak is all the more impressive considering all six wins have come in the first round, including the last two under the WSOF banner. In all, the Iowa fighter has stopped his opponent in the first stanza of 14 of his 20 wins.

Although Carl may be able to match Burkman’s recent success, his level of competition simply isn’t in the same ballpark. Carl is a very durable and hard-nosed fighter, but Burkman’s experience under the bright lights of the UFC is going to be the difference maker in this one. Burkman is too well-rounded and won’t panic if he finds himself in a bad spot. Look for Burkman to utilize his wrestling to keep this fight standing and pick Carl apart on the feet. Burkman captures the belt with a fourth-round TKO.

BW: Marlon Moraes (11-4-1) vs. Carson Beebe (14-2)

Two very talented 25-year-old bantamweights will clash when Marlon Moraes meets Carson Beebe. Moraes is riding an impressive five-fight winning streak that includes a knockout of Tyson Nam and a decision win over former WEC champion Miguel Torres inside the WSOF cage. Moraes has showcased a precision striking attack with a violent kicking arsenal. Meanwhile, Beebe is the younger brother of the man Torres defeated for the WEC belt, Chase Beebe. The Illinois fighter possesses a strong wrestling and grappling attack that has helped him to a lot of success on the regional circuit. This fight will come down to where it takes place. If Beebe can drag Moraes to the mat, look for him to grind out a decision win. But if Moraes can keep the fight upright—which I believe will happen—look for him to hand Beebe his first knockout loss.

WW: Jon Fitch (24-6-1) vs. Marcelo Alfaya (15-6)

When the WSOF signed Jon Fitch, they assumed they were getting the consensus top-10 welterweight that challenged for the UFC belt and suffered only one loss between 2003 and 2011. However, when Fitch stepped into the cage against headliner Josh Burkman, the 35-year-old lasted only 41 seconds, losing by guillotine choke. Now, Fitch will look to bounce back against longtime veteran Marcelo Alfaya. Alfaya is far from the household name that Fitch is, but he has competed for the likes of Bellator, M-1 and CFA. What should be concerning for Alfaya in this fight is not just a motivated Fitch, but the fact that he’s competed just three times in the last four years. All three of those fights were victories, but Alfaya’s quick knockout loss to Jake Ellenberger speaks volumes about how he’s fared against top competition. Look for Fitch to use his wrestling pedigree to grind out Alfaya and get back in the win column with a unanimous decision.

LW: Justin Gaethje (9-0) vs. Dan Lauzon (17-4)

One thing is clear in this lightweight contest: it’s not going the distance. In their 30 combined fights, Justin Gaethje and Dan Lauzon have only needed the scorecards three times. The former University of Northern Colorado wrestler Gaethje has yet to taste defeat, scoring wins over veterans Drew Fickett, Gesias “JZ” Cavalcante and, most recently, Brian Cobb. Gaethje hits like a truck, but also possesses a strong grappling game. On the other side of the cage, Lauzon has been in more than twice as many fights, including two stints with the UFC, at just 25 years of age. Lauzon, like his older brother Joe, has a strong submission game and is always looking to finish. This fight is sure to be fireworks, and Gaethje will keep his perfect record intact with a violent, second-round TKO.

FW: Miguel Torres (40-6) vs. Pablo Alfonso (8-5)

It’s been a bumpy road for Miguel Torres since losing his WEC bantamweight belt in 2009. He’s gone just 3-5 since, including a loss to Marlon Moraes in his WSOF debut last November. Now, after almost an entire year away from the cage, the 32-year-old Chicago native will move up to featherweight to take on Strikeforce and CFA alum Pablo Alfonso. Alfonso has struggled against upper-level competition, losing to former WEC champ Chase Beebe and RFA champ Pedro Munhoz. Against Torres, Alfonso will face an active striker with an excellent ground game, which may be an issue for the MMA Masters product. Look for the time off and easier weight cut to rejuvenate Torres as he uses his long frame to score a slick triangle choke finish late in the opening stanza.

LW: Luiz Firmino (16-6) vs. Jacob Volkmann (16-4)

Unlike the other lightweight bout on the main card, there’s little or no chance this fight ends by strikes. In 42 combined contests, the Brazilian, Luiz Firmino, has scored the lone knockout win between the two, and neither has succumbed to strikes. This fight has grappler’s dream written all over it. “Buscape” trains with the Blackzilians in South Florida and put together a three-fight winning streak over the last two years. Meanwhile, Jacob Volkmann joined WSOF after a 6-4 run with the UFC. The Minnesota Golden Gopher showcased his expert grappling in his WSOF debut, outworking Lyle Beerbohm. Look for a back-and-forth battle as both men work for position and threaten with submissions, but in the end it will be Volkmann that takes this one on the scorecards.

LHW: Francisco France (8-3) vs. Hans Stringer (21-5-2)

It will be a contrast of styles when Strikeforce veteran Francisco France locks horns with the Dutchman, Hans Stringer. All eight of France’s career wins have come via submission, including a first-round kimura of UFC veteran James McSweeney. Stringer, on the other hand, has largely feasted on his competition in Europe. Seventeen of his 21 victories have come inside the distance, with nine coming by knockout. Stringer struggled against the likes of Dion Staring and Igor Araujo in his early career, but did take Bellator champion Attila Vegh to a draw in early 2011. He has won four straight since. France will be desperate to get this fight to the mat, where he’ll look to hand Stringer his second loss by tapout. That desperation will be his downfall, though. Stringer will deliver a big knee as France shoots for a takedown, knocking out France in the middle frame.

BW: Alexis Vila (13-3) vs. Josh Rettinghouse (9-2)

Nearly 20 years separates the two fighters in this contest. At 42, Vila has a lengthy combat career, including an Olympic medal in wrestling. But the Cuban’s recent infatuation with boxing has helped him to seven of his 13 wins via knockout. After losses to Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas and CFA champ Josh Sampo, Vila has reeled off two straight leading into his WSOF debut. Recently competing at flyweight, Vila will face both a height and reach disadvantage against his fellow promotional newcomer, Josh Rettinghouse. The Washington-based fighter steps into the contest on a two-fight winning streak of his own. Six of Rettinghouse’s nine wins have come by submission, but ultimately, his level of competition is nowhere near Vila’s. Vila’s improved striking and wrestling base will be too much, leading to a dominant decision win over Rettinghouse.

FW: Fabio Mello (11-6) vs. Nick LoBosco (6-0)

It’s hard to call this fight anything but what it is: a mismatch. Nick LoBosco may enter the contest with an unblemished record, but all six of his victories have come on the regional circuit against fighters with a combined record of 8-18. In contrast, Fabio Mello has faced some of the biggest names in the sport, and sometimes outside of his natural weight class. Although Mello came up short against Takanori Gomi, Jose Aldo, Fredson Paixao and Masakazu Imanari, he took all but Gomi to the scorecards. Combine that with the fact that Mello has reeled off seven straight wins since 2009 while competing for Bellator and Titan FC, and the 29-year-old LoBosco is going to be in over his head. Mello will give up height and reach, but he’ll drag this fight to the mat early, securing an arm-triangle in the first round.

BW: Chad Robichaux (12-2) vs. Andrew Yates (7-0)

This is another match-up that pits a much older fighter against a young prospect. At 38, Chad Robichaux has been competing in MMA for over 12 years. However, of late, the Bellator and Strikeforce veteran has been fighting infrequently. He scored a quick, first-round submission win over UFC veteran Joseph Sandoval in May of 2012 under the Legacy banner, but the grappling ace has been out of action ever since. Meanwhile, the 24-year-old Colorado native Andrew Yates has gone undefeated since going pro in 2011. Yates possesses a lanky, 5-foot-9 frame that has helped him to four submission wins in seven bouts. However, it’s Yates’ lengthy and largely unsuccessful amateur career that could be telling in this bout. Six of his 13 amateur losses came via submission, and against someone of Robichaux’s caliber, that will be a recipe for disaster. Robichaux by first-round armbar.

FW: Alexandre Pimentel (12-1) vs. Jade Porter (9-3)

In the lead-up to WSOF 2 earlier this year, Alexandre Pimentel was built up as the next great thing to come out of Brazil. However, Pimentel could not hang with Roufusport product Rick Glenn and suffered a third-round knockout loss. Now, the promotion will look to get the 35-year-old back on track against Power MMA fighter Jade Porter. Porter, a Bellator veteran, will make his promotional debut on a two-fight skid. While he possesses the wrestling base to frustrate Pimentel, he’s lost twice by submission. Look for Pimentel to make short work of Porter, earning his seventh win by submission in the second round.

Photo: Josh Burkman (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)