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[VIDEO] Josh Burkman Chokes Jon Fitch Out Cold in 41 Seconds

No one saw this coming. Months after being released by the UFC despite being ranked in their own top ten and having one of the roster’s best overall records, Jon Fitch debuted at World Series of Fighting (WSOF) Friday night against Josh Burkman and got choked unconscious in just forty one seconds.

The fight was was a rematch of the pair’s 2006 UFC bout, which Fitch won via rear naked choke. Burkman was released by the UFC in 2008 but since that time has been on a tear.

After a few moments of feeling one another out, Fitch pressed forward with punches but got caught, first by a short right hand and then a left hook by Burkman. Fitch stumbled and then fell to the floor.

Burkman pounced and locked up a guillotine choke on Fitch, rising back to his own feet to crank on the neck. Fitch, his neck still locked to the right side of Burkman’s torso in the choke hold, worked for a take down instead of immediately defending the submission.

Fitch got Burkman to his back but the underdog held on to the guillotine choke from his half guard. A moment later, Fitch went limp, Burkman let go of his prone body and stood over the former number one title contender with his arms raised in the air.

Check out the stunning video above. What do you say, nation? Does beating a top ten fighter like Fitch now thrust Burkman into the global welterweight top ten rankings?

Should Burkman get a call back to the UFC? Where does Fitch go from here?

Interview with Burkman about the huge win after the jump.

- Elias Cepeda

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enrikk- June 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm
@msmith42001 I thought it was pretty obvious - Mazzagatti was sleeping on the job, just like Fitch! Zing!
msmith42001- June 15, 2013 at 6:53 pm
What was the ref doing? I have only seen a guy let go when his opponent was passed out once before, while the ref was doing god knows what.
The12ozCurls- June 15, 2013 at 2:45 pm
Aaaaaaaannnnnddddd John Fitch is REALLY fucking expensive too. LOL.
kickemNtheface- June 15, 2013 at 1:45 pm
Technical Submission of the a boss
boomer- June 15, 2013 at 1:23 pm
jon fitch sucks. i mean, that's fucking josh burkman. HOOOOOOOOly shit!
Left_Boob_Telligman- June 15, 2013 at 12:15 pm
Dana White's smug self-satisfaction just rose like a cloud and plugged the hole in the ozone layer. This fight just saved the polar bears.
holeeball- June 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm
The ref is angling for a acting job in The Walking Dead. Why he hasn't been hired yet no one knows.
Clyde- June 15, 2013 at 12:03 pm
Burkman winning: Not expected.
Winning by technical submission: Not expected.
Mazzagatti fucking up: Guaranteed.
danomite- June 15, 2013 at 11:57 am
I tried watching this but I fell asleep during the volkmann fight. I can't understand how Mazzagatti still has a job at this point. He just stood there like he was waiting in line for a big mac while Fitch went limp and didn't move until after Burkman got back up to his feet.
Hairrow- June 15, 2013 at 11:47 am
I guess it was kind of hard to tell from the camera angle, but this clip definitely doesn't do much for Mazzagatti's reputation. I've never seen a fight end like this, with the submitter letting go of his opponent before the ref could step in.
algiersheadkick504- June 15, 2013 at 11:39 am
This is ALMOST as satifiying as Hendricks sending him across the octagon with a left
Fried Taco- June 15, 2013 at 9:26 am
And the video is gone... luckily I have it on DVR so I can watch it over and over and over and...