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WSOF 2 Results: Josh Burkman TKOs Aaron Simpson

WSOF 2 kicked off last night, featuring a welterweight bout between former UFC fighters Josh Burkman and Aaron Simpson.  Coming into this fight, the winner was more than likely going to be fighting Jon Fitch, who recently was removed from the UFC roster.  This was huge news as a win over Jon Fitch would be big for their fighting careers.

In the first round, Josh Burkman showcased some competent striking, setting up some great combinations and forcing Aaron backward.  Burkman would eventually clip Aaron with a knee against the cage, and the ref was forced to stop the bout.  Burkman is now 3-0 under the World Series Of Fighting banner, and this Simpson win was huge.  Now, it looks like he will square up against Jon Fitch in what should be a war.

For Aaron, he will have to go back to the drawing board.  Since dropping down to welterweight, he has gone 1-2 and hasn’t really showcased his fighting capabilities.  He will need to bounce back in a big way if he wants to continue a career in fighting.

Burkman has always showed potential.  When he was in the UFC, he beat some top fighters in Josh Neer and Drew Fickett, but would end up getting submitted by Jon Fitch via rear naked choke.  He will need to access his strategy against Fitch if he wants to avenge the loss, which took place back in 2006.

Congrats to Burkman as this was an impressive outing and certainly keeps him going under the WSOF banner.

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Dana White Responds to Jose Aldo’s Demand for Conor McGregor Rematch

On Thursday UFC president Dana White appearing on the “Opie and Jim Norton” radio show said “It’s one of those things; we made the fight the first time and he got hurt and had to pull out. Then we made it again and it ended in 13 seconds. It’s tough to make that fight again right away. Plus Conor wants to be a two-belt champion so he wants to fight dos Anjos.” While White didn’t totally rule out an Aldo versus McGregor rematch his comments make the fight seem unlikely. McGregor’s next fight will take place on March 5 when he moves up to lightweight to try and capture Rafael dos Anjos’ title.

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