Elbow Injury Forces Josh Burkman Out of WSOF 11 Rubber Match with Jon Fitch

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 11, 2014
An elbow injury has forced Josh Burkman to bow out of WSOF 11. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Josh Burkman has withdrawn from his WSOF 11 co-main event bout against Jon Fitch due to an elbow injury.

Burkman announced the news via Twitter, citing a hyper extended elbow that includes ligament damage and a bone bruise. The welterweight said that he expects a four-to-six week recovery period. Sherdog.com confirmed the injury with a WSOF official. A replacement opponent for Fitch has not yet been found.

WSOF 11 takes place at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., on July 5 and is headlined by a lightweight title tilt between Justin Gaethje and Nick Newell. The event marks the promotion’s NBC debut, with the main card beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT so as not to conflict with UFC 175.

Burkman is 4-1 under the WSOF banner, including triumphs over Gerald Harris, Aaron Simpson and Tyler Stinson. He avenged a 2006 UFC loss to Fitchlast year, when he submitted the American Kickboxing Academy standout in 41 seconds at WSOF 3.


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