WSOF 6 featured the first welterweight championship between dynamic fighters Josh Burkman and Steve Carl. Both were looking to implement their strategy in hopes of becoming the organization’s first welterweight champion, making this a pivotal bout for both fighters.
Both fighters battled it out for four straight rounds. They each locked up some excellent submissions and the other fighter got out of them. It wasn’t until the fourth round that Carl was able to lock up a triangle, forcing Burkman to tap out. He is now the first ever WSOF welterweight champion, and this is the biggest win in his fighting career.
Burkman tapped once the triangle was locked up by Carl, but the ref couldn’t see it. Instead, he was forced into unconsciousness, which was a bit unnecessary. Regardless of the stoppage, Carl improved his record to an impressive 21-3, and he is now on a seven-fight winning streak.
Tonight, Carl proved he is an elite grappler, and he will be looking to continue his reign under the WSOF banner as the champ. He’s going to be tough to stop, especially after seeing him battle Burkman for four straight rounds. For Burkman, this is a huge setback for him, one which snaps a five-fight winning streak.
He will need to regroup and adjust some things in terms of his grappling in order to come back stronger as a fighter. For Carl, he is more than likely going to defend his belt against Jon Fitch, who was also victorious tonight.