(As long as Fitch agrees to be unconscious when the fight starts, you’ve got yourself a deal. / Photo via Sherdog)
For the third time in six weeks, Jon Fitch has lost his opponent for his World Series of Fighting 11 promotional debut. Yesterday, Josh Burkman tweeted that he was forced to withdraw from his scheduled rubber-match against Fitch at the July 5th NBC card, due to a hyperextended elbow, ligament damage, and a bone bruise. So, to briefly summarize:
April 30th: Palhares withdraws from the fight to take care of his sick mother, Ali Abdel-Aziz loses his mind.
May 2nd: Fitch gets booked in a stylistic nightmare fight against Jake Shields, a match that MMA fans around the world have been asking for, sarcastically.
May 21: WSOF confirms that Shields is out of the fight with an undisclosed injury
May 22: WSOF announces Fitch vs. Burkman 3.
June 11: Burkman pulls out of the fight due to severe masturbation injuries.
A replacement-replacement-replacement opponent has not been announced for Fitch yet, although I hear that Jason High dude is free these days. At this point, the promotion is probably better off re-booking Fitch against one of his first two opponents. Though if you can make 170 pounds by July 4th and don’t mind being smothered for three rounds, feel free to offer WSOF your services.
Update #1: Matt Hamill is now off the card too. Damn it, this thing is falling apart.
Update #2: MMA ultra-veteran Dennis Hallman has agreed to step in against Fitch. Hallman was released by the UFC in October 2012 after a regrettable run in which he violated wardrobe decency standards during a loss to Brian Ebersole, missed weight before a win over John Makdessi, and completely missed weight before a scheduled match against Thiago Tavares, which was scrapped as a result. (Hallman later revealed that he was dealing with some pretty heavy personal issues at the time.) He has gone 2-0 since his UFC release.