Jon Fitch was ‘overconfident' in his submission defense against Josh Burkman
Jon Fitch reflects on his submission loss to Josh Burkman at WSOF 3 on Friday night (June 14, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"I got a little overconfident with my choke defense and was going to try to slam him, but he locked it in too tight. Mistake on my part. I should have fought the choke right away."
-- World Series of Fighting (WSOF) welterweight Jon Fitch immediately reacts to his 41-second submission loss to Josh Burkman (watch it here) in his post-fight interview at WSOF 3 on Friday night (June 14, 2013). In what the entire mixed martial arts (MMA) community considered a shocking upset, Fitch was choked completely unconscious by a guillotine choke from "The People's Warrior" and it resulted in his third loss in five fights. Fitch, who successfully defended 28 of 28 submission attempts in his tenure with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), got put to sleep with the first submission attempted on him in the WSOF cage. The 35-year-old blamed overconfidence in his submission defense as a reason why he lost the fight, and given his track record it's hard to blame him. Nevertheless, it was not the type of performance he was hoping for and it just proves a technical error
Jon Fitch's WSOF contract allows for fights in outside organizations
While Jon Fitch (24-5-1) said he's thoroughly committed to the World Series of Fighting, he has options if the promotion doesn't keep him busy.
The veteran welterweight, who's scheduled to rematch Josh Burkman (25-9) June 14 at WSOF 3, expects to fulfill a four-fight contract with the promotion within a year. But if there are delays, he could fight for another promoter, perhaps in Asia.
"I have it within my contract to fight elsewhere," Fitch told MMAjunkie.com
World Series of Fighting Unveils Championship Belt, Plans First Title Fight for Early 2014
The World Series of Fighting has taken another step toward crowning its first world champion.
A source close to the WSOF forwarded images of the promotion’s new championship belt to Sherdog.com on Tuesday, stating that the WSOF plans to hold its first title fight in early 2014. While the weight at which the fight will be contested is not yet determined, Sherdog’s source said that middleweight and light heavyweight are the most likely options.