Tyler Stinson: Burkman will be looking up at lights, wondering what happened
LAS VEGAS â€“ While a pair of championship matchup are scheduled to headline Saturday’s World Series of Fighting 9 card, there’s a welterweight contest that could very easily steal the show. Tyler StinsonÂ is one-half of that contest, and he’s predicting a violent end.
Stinson (27-9) meets Josh BurkmanÂ (26-10) on the night’s NBCSN-televised main card, and he predicts his striking will produce a memorable ending.
“My prediction is he’ll be looking up at the lights, wondering what happened,” Stinson told MMAjunkie.com.
â€œWorld Series of Fighting 9: Carl vs. Palharesâ€ takes place Saturday at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The main card airs on NBC Sports Network (9 p.m. ET) following prelims that stream on MMAjunkie (6 p.m. ET). The card features a main-event welterweight title fight between champion Steve Carl and former UFC fighter Rousimar Palhares.
Burkman returns to action after a failed attempt to claim World Series of Fightingâ€™s inaugural welterweight belt, falling victim to a fourth-round submission against Steve Carl. The result snapped an impressive five-fight winning streak that included three wins under the World Series of Fighting banner.
Meanwhile, Stinson debuted for the promotion in January, earning a hard-fought TKO win over Valdir Araujo. The 28-year-old Stinson now owns a four-fight winning streak.
Stinson was in an interesting position, as World Series of Fighting 9 headliner Palhares wasn’t licensed for the event until Thursday. Stinson remained on standby as a potential replacement opponent for the evening’s main event. But a pre-fight drug test came back negative and Palhares was cleared, and Stinson vs. Burkman is now a go.
Stinson believes it’s a matchup that falls directly in his favor.
“I think my style and Josh’s style definitely favors me,” Stinson said. “Not only am I six inches taller than he is, I’ve got a longer reach he does, and I’m a better striker than he is. That’s the bottom line.”
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