World Series of Fighting 6 set for October 26 at Florida's BankUnited Center

Sep 5, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- World Series of Fighting travels to Florida for the first time, as Coral Gables' BankUnited Center plays host to "World Series of Fighting 6: Burkman vs. Carl" on Oct. 26.

In the night's NBCSN-televised main event, resurgent veteran Josh Burkman (26-9) meets Steve Carl (20-3) with the inaugural World Series of Fighting welterweight title on the line.

In the evening's co-feature, Carson Beebe (14-2) and Marlon Moraes (11-4-1) clash in a bantamweight matchup that could lead to a future title shot for the winner.

And in a featured lightweight matchup, undefeated prospect Justin Gaethje (9-0) faces Dan Lauzon (17-4).

The nationally televised event, which airs live on NBCSN, marks the promotion's debut in the Sunshine State.

Tickets for the fight card, which start at just $29, go on sale this Friday, Sept. 6, at all Ticketmaster locations, and charge-by-phone at (800) 745-3000.

The live, two-hour NBCSN telecast of the World Series of Fighting 6 main card begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. A full lineup of preliminary bouts will also stream live on World Series of Fighting's official website, beginning at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT and venue doors open at 5 p.m. ET.

"We've been looking forward to making our debut in Florida for some time now, and I'm proud to say we will be in Coral Gables on Oct. 26," World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. "Our headliner will see us award either Josh Burkman or Steve Carl the first championship belt in our promotion's history, and I think that matchup will be something special. The whole lineup we're planning will be fantastic, and I look forward to making more announcements very soon."

Burkman is a 10-time UFC veteran who first entered the spotlight in 2005 as a cast member on "The Ultimate Fighter 2." Injuries briefly slowed the Utah native's career, but since 2009 Burkman is 8-1 in nine appearances, a run that includes three wins while competing for World Series of Fighting. Most recently, Burkman registered the biggest win of his career to date by earning a technical submission win over Jon Fitch in just 41 seconds.

Meanwhile, Carl is a military veteran whose fighting career was born in the Modern Army Combatives Program. An Iowa native, the 28-year-old began his professional career in 2005 and has already registered 20 career victories, including an incredible 15 wins by submission. Carl has already competed twice under the World Series of Fighting banner, registering a pair of first-round submission wins over Tyson Steele and Ramico Blackmon, and he brings a six-fight win streak to the contest.

Illinois-native Beebe, the brother of former WEC bantamweight champion Chase Beebe, has built an impressive 9-1 mark in his past 10 appearances. Most recently, the wrestling specialist earned a hard-fought decision win over Joe Murphy at June's World Series of Fighting 3 event.

He now meets three-time World Series of Fighting veteran Moraes, who has used his time in the organization to catapult up the world rankings, working from relative obscurity to top-10 status in rapid fashion. A 25-year-old Brazilian with devastating striking and impressive grappling skills, Moraes has already downed Miguel Torres, Tyson Nam and Brandon Hempleman in previous World Series of Fighting appearances.

The 24-year-old Gaethje is a member of Colorado's Grudge Training Center and has looked absolutely spectacular in a pair of World Series of Fighting wins over veterans Brian Cobb and Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante. Competing professionally since August 2011, Gaethje has fought to a decision just once, earning seven knockouts and one submission in nine appearances.

Meanwhile, Lauzon made his World Series of Fighting debut in June and dominated 50-fight veteran John Gunderson en route to a unanimous-decision win. The 25-year-old Lauzon, brother of UFC lightweight standout Joe Lauzon, currently boasts a five-fight win streak.

"We are thrilled to bring World Series of Fighting to Coral Gables," said Global Spectrum's Lorenzo Muniz, General Manager at the BankUnited Center. "Our venue is the perfect setting for mixed martial arts, and we are excited to showcase these world-class fighters here at the BankUnited Center."

Additional bouts will be announced shortly.

About World Series of Fighting World Series of Fighting is a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an incredible, action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans by producing the best possible matchups between elite fighters from around the globe. For more information please visit Follow World Series of Fighting on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo @SugarRaySefo.

About NBCSN NBCSN part of the NBC Sports Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in more than 80 million homes, the network is the cable television home of the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Soccer (MLS), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France and the 34th America's Cup, and beginning in 2013, the Premier League and Formula One. In addition, NBC Sports Network features college football, college basketball, college hockey, outdoor programming, horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup, Fight Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Action Sports Tour and USA Sevens Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as Costas Tonight, The Crossover, NFL Turning Point, Pro Football Talk and The Dan Patrick Show. NBC Sports Network is distributed via cable systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.

About BankUnited Center at UM The BankUnited Center, an 8,000 seat multipurpose entertainment facility located on the University of Miami's Coral Gables campus, hosts concerts, family shows, trade shows, lecture series, sporting events and the University of Miami men's and women's basketball teams. For more information call 305-284-8686 or The BankUnited Center is located at 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.

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