The third event for the upstart World Series of Fighting League is scheduled for Friday, June 14th at the Hard Rock Casino Hotel in Las Vegas. With a card that has lost matches and is devoid of huge names, the card does have some surprisingly competitive match-ups on the card, with a lot of fighters that have UFC experience. The main event features former UFC #1 contender Jon Fitch taking on UFC veteran Josh Burkman in what is a rematch of a UFC fight from seven years ago.
WSOF is presenting a solid card of MMA with no real big name attractions. The card lost Tyrone Spong due to visa issues, which is unfortunate because Spong is a kickboxing phenom who would be crossing over to fight under MMA rules. But we will have to wait.
Fitch is still considered by some a top 5 welterweight in the world, and he certainly is not finished as a fighter, but he is going to have to show a new level if he is going to be the main event guy at the WSOF. Volkman has become a much improved fighter when compared to their first meeting, while Fitch has remained largely stagnant in his level, so this match will come down to whether Volkman has caught up to Fitch, which is unlikely. Fitch isfavored to win, but he should be looking for a decisive KO or submission win if he wants to be a poster boy for the WSOF, rather than ride out a decision.
Lyle Beerbohm is not a UFC veteran, but at 21-2 and with a resume filled with tough names he could be. Beerbohm would do well to take out Jacob Volkmann, whose 6-4 record in the UFC and subsequent release make him a guy Beerbohm must beat if he wants to get noticed.
Another interesting match up features Dan Lauzon taking on John Gunderson. Lauzon is 0-3 in the UFC and 16-1 everywhere else. Still just 25 years old, Lauzon has won 4 fights in a row and he needs to beat Gunderson. He will try to do so with the slick ground and submission game that his brother also flashes in the UFC. Gunderson is a gritty veteran with a style and career pattern reminiscent of Pat Healy, who recently made a splash in his UFC debut. Gunderson is 1-2 in the UFC, but is a tough out for anyone.