WSOF 6 recap: Steve Carl earns first ever title submits Burkman

image courtesy of WSOF

image courtesy of WSOF

The World Series of Fighting 6 main event served up a stunner when Steve Carl submitted Josh Burkman in the fourth round to become the promotion’s first ever champion.

However, the win wasn’t without controversy. As Carl latched on the triangle choke, Burkman tapped more than once and referee Troy Waugh failed to notice. Carl continued to hold the choke and Burkman went limp. While the finish was called at 1:02 of round 4, it should have come about ten seconds earlier.

For Carl the win was a testament to his toughness as he told Joey Varner in his post-fight interview that he had been hospitalized two weeks before the fight.

“I felt like I could have performed a lot better, but there’s something not a lot of people know,” Carl said after the win. “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, and I’m not really happy with my performance.

“I was so tired I wanted to quit there a couple times. Josh is a really game opponent, and he kept bringing it. Honestly, I didn’t think I could do it for a while. My cornermen just kept pushing me through it, and here we are. We did it.”

Carl’s victory was quite an upset as Burkman was favored having stormed through his previous competitors in WSOF. He’s now extended his win streak to 7, all of which are submission finishes, 6 of which occurred in the first round of action. The new WSOF welterweight champion is also the promotion’s first ever title holder.

In the co-main event, Marlon Moraes put on a 32 second demolition of Carson Beebe. As Beebe came forward for the takedown, Moraes swung with powerful punches. His uppercuts and a massive left hook sent Beebe to the canvas. Moraes sealed the deal with a few follow up punches to notch his fourth straight WSOF win.

According to WSOF President Ray Sefo, Moraes could to be in line to challenge for the company’s first bantamweight belt.

Jon Fitch also rebounded into the win column with a split decision taken over Marcelo Alfaya, snapping a two fight losing skid.

“I was fairly confident I did enough,” Fitch said. “I did a lot of damage, a lot of striking, a lot of stuff on top. He was able to control a lot of positions on me, which I wasn’t expecting. He was really strong, but I don’t think it was enough to win a fight,” Fitch said following his win.

To open the WSOF 6 main card, lightweight Justin Gaethje stuck with his brutal low kicks to engage Dan Lauzon. Midway through the first round, Lauzon was obviously hobbled by the onslaught. Even after switching stances to avoid further damage to his lead leg, Lauzon was unable to rally back.

Gaethje managed to secure a TKO in the second frame using his fists. A five fight win streak for Lauzon was snapped with the loss, while Gaethje remains undefeated, advancing his record to 10-0.

On the final fight of the preliminary card, Miguel Torres was unable to halt his losing skid. Pablo Alfonso was able to stifle Torres’ offense and rocked the former WEC champ early. Alfonso then went in for the kill with a guillotine submission which Torres tapped to at 3:05 in the first.

World Series of Fighting will return on Dec. 7 with Anthony Johnson vs. Mike Kyle. The fight card emanating from Canada will be the first international voyage for the promotion. During last night’s broadcast, Sefo also announced that the promotion has partnered with Pancrase and will also venture to Japan in 2014.

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