Join us at Bloody Elbow for live results, play-by-play, and commentary for the main card of World Series of Fight 3 today from Las Vegas. The event will kick off with five preliminary card fights followed by a main card featuring four bouts. The prelims will be streamed live starting at 8:30pm ET/5:30pm PT , and you can catch them in the video below. The main card kicks off at 11pm ET/8pm PT and can be viewed live on NBC Sports Network.
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Josh Burkman vs. Jon Fitch
Steve Carl vs. Tyson Steele
Lyle Beerbohm vs. Jacob Volkmann
Brian Cobb vs. Justin Gaethje
Jerrod Sanders vs. Jeff Smith
John Gunderson vs. Dan Lauzon
Carson Beebe vs. Joe Murphy
Kendrick Miree vs. Krasimir Mladenov
Brenson Hansen vs. Josh Montalvo
Hi. Dallas here. I'm all old and tired. We're live on NBC Sports for WSOF 3 and the main-card results are posted below.
R1: Fitch whiffs on an early leg kick and walks Burkman into a corner. Burkman is composed and patiently looking to counter-punch, and it turns out to be well worth the wait. He drills Fitch with a lightning-fast left/right/left combo that stuns him, then cinches up a tight guillotine when Fitch pursues a defensive takedown. A moment later, before the referee can even intervene, Burkman just stands up and celebrates while Fitch naps on the canvas. This was pure domination, and quite a shocking and definitive performance.
- Josh Burkman defeats Jon Fitch by submission (guillotine choke), Round 1.
R1: Steele comes out with a wide arsenal of busy and pestering front and roundhouse kicks. Carl backs him up with a big punch and then double up on left kicks to the body. Steele catches the second kick and turns it into a takedown, but Carl isn't having it and takes a knee, blasts a right hand to the temple and then spins to the back of the curiously prostrate Steele. Carl might have trapped one of Steele's arms underneath the hooks he puts in to limit his ability to defend the choke, causing Steele to tap quickly.
- Steve Carl defeats Tyson Steele by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1.
R1: Volkmann ducks in for a takedown that Beerbohm sees coming, but Volkmann persists when connected; Beerbohm pushes him into the cage and hits a nice ankle pick to sit Volkmann down. Beerbohm still using Volkmann's left ankle for leverage on a low single and Volkmann reaches over and cradles Beerbohm's left leg to reverse position. Beerbohm tries to scramble out but Volkmann tries to tie on a rear-naked choke and Beerbohm stops scrambling to fight it off.
Volkmann clings to back mount, Beerbohm shakes him half-off, Volkmann regains the position and then Beerbohm finally scoots free and back to his feet. He stays connected, however, in pursuit of a double that Volkmann defends with an under-hook and a wide stance. The ref splits them up but they quickly resume in almost the exact same position. 10-9 for Volkmann's lengthy back control.
R2: Beerbohm walks Volkmann down and lands a short uppercut before they lock horns with Beerbohm pressing Volkmann on the cage. Volkmann gets in guillotine position, more to discourage the takedown attempt than to submit. Beerbohm drops for a double anyway and Volkmann uses the head control to keep him at bay. Beerbohm's got him back on the fence and landing short knees to the thigh while Volkmann goes back to the guillotine defense.
We spend a full minute in this position with mutual knees to the body and not much else. The referee steps in with a minute left but once again they just gravitate back to the same position. Volkmann lands a light left kick on the break. 10-10 round for even (scarce) offense on both sides.
R3: "Fancy Pants" comes out more aggressive with his punches but he's taken down a half-minute in and Volkmann scrambles quickly to back control. Beerbohm can't spin out and Volkmann falls to his back with the body triangle cinched, fishing for a rear-naked choke. Beerbohm hand-fights the choke and tries to scramble free, and this scenario plays out for the entire breadth of the frame. 10-9 Volkmann, giving him a 30-28 score on my card overall.
- The judges have it 29-28 and 30-27 twice for Jacob Volkmann, who defeats Lyle Beerbohm by unanimous decision.
R1: Gaethje comes out with a pair of low kicks, then wheels off a high kick but Cobb takes him down. Gaethje reverses immediately and he's into side control while Cobb interestingly persists with an arm-triangle attempt. Gaethje slips out and rains down a few stiff hammer-fists but Cobb rolls back to his feet. Furious pace being set here by Gaethje. Cobb drops levels for a double as Gaethje charges in again, and this time blocks the sweep and the takes Gaethje's back in the process with a body triangle locked in.
Gaethje stands up and tries to roll forward but he can't shake Cobb off his back. Gaethje turtles with Cobb throwing pestering shots from his back, still holding the body triangle. Cobb oddly postures up and punches Gaethje's shoulder blades a half-dozen times. Gaethje won the opening half of the round but it was not as convincing as Cobb's latter half. 10-9 Cobb.
R2: Gaethje comes out swinging again but he's measured enough to stop Cobb's counter-takedown this time. Cobb slows down a charging Gaethje with a double jab and then throws a combo to set up a double-leg that Gaethje sprawls on. Cobb grinds him into the fence and stomps Gaethje's foot. Somewhere Marco Ruas is smiling. Gaethje circles off and hurls a right; Cobb heads out into open space.
Gaethje winging out a big lead uppercut with his hands dangerously low. Cobb shoots halfheartedly and Gaethje easily defends, then pushes Cobb on the fence and dirty boxes a little before separating and unfolds another uppercut. I'll go 10-9 Gaethje for the more effective striking -- even though it didn't all land, Cobb wasn't active nor much of a threat on the feet.
R3: Gaethje opens up with an inside leg kick that cracks the cup, and we pause for the sake of Cobb's genitals. Gaethje paws a pair of rights over the top and follows with a step-in knee that grazes. Gaethje keeps pressing with low kicks, then left hands and lands one downstairs, but Cobb is content to jab and circle. Cobb sneaks through a weak double jab but tacks on a mid-power combo that lands.
Gaethje cracks home another low kick that visibly affects Cobb, then slips in a second one that sweeps Cobb's leg out from under him. Cobb gets back to his feet but is limping and signaling his defeat to the ref, who steps in just as a Gaethje left hook connects.
- Justin Gaethje defeats Brian Cobb by submission (leg kicks), Round 3.