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Josh Burkman Bio

Joshua Ray Burkman (born April 10, 1980) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's welterweight division. He formerly competed in the World Series of Fighting, the XFC, and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 2.

Contents

  • 1 Background
  • 2 Mixed martial arts career
    • 2.1 Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • 2.2 Showdown Fights
    • 2.3 World Series of Fighting
    • 2.4 Return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship
  • 3 Championships & accomplishments
  • 4 Personal life
  • 5 Mixed martial arts record
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links

Background

Burkman was born in Salt Lake City, Utah he attended Cottonwood High School (Murray, Utah). He was a three-sport star athlete for the Colts. He was a Class 5A All-State third baseman on the baseball team, and was captain of the football team, where he rushed for over 1,000 yards as a senior. As a member of the wrestling team, he finished second place in the state championships in the 171-pound division.

Burkman played two seasons of college football before he began his career in mixed martial arts. He spent his freshman season at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah but he missed half the season with an injury. Then he transferred to Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. His sophomore season (2001) was spectacular: he rushed for 1,439 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Rebels, earning JUCO All-American honors. His team won the Dixie Rotary Bowl; for his performance, Burkman earned a scholarship offer from the University of Utah. Ultimately, he decided to drop football and pursue mixed martial arts.

Mixed martial arts career

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Burkman was originally chosen to be on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, but he failed pre-show drug test failure and admitted to taking Winstrol. He was later a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 2 as part of Team Hughes.

Burkman was signed by the UFC and had his debut fight at The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale; he defeated Sammy Morgan by knockout in 21 seconds of the first round.

During his time with the UFC, Burkman earned wins over Drew Fickett, Josh Neer, and Forrest Petz, but was largely unsuccessful against the bigger names in the division. After three back-to-back losses in 2008, Burkman was cut from the UFC with a record of 5 wins and 5 losses.

Showdown Fights

On November 20, 2009, Burkman faced Ultimate Fighter alumni Brandon Melendez defeating him by KO in round one at Throwdown Showdown 5.

On April 9, 2010, Burkman took on Jake Paul at Showdown Fights – Burkman vs. Paul winning via unanimous decision.

On September 24, 2010, Burkman faced undefeated Jordan Smith at Showdown Fights – Respect. Burkman won the fight via split decicion.

On April 2, 2011, Burkman faced Canadian prospect Jordan Mein at MMA: The Reckoning in Orillia, Ontario, Canada, Burkman lost via unanimous decision.

On February 24, 2012, Burkman faced Koffi Adzitso at Showdown Fights – Breakout, Burkman won via unanimous decision.

On August 25, 2012, Burkman faced Ultimate Fighter alumni Jamie Yager at Showdown Fights - Burkman vs. Yager. Burkman won via guillotine choke submission.

World Series of Fighting

On September 6, 2012, it was announced that Burkman was one of many fighters to sign on with new MMA Promotion the World Series of Fighting. He faced Gerald Harris on November 3, 2012 at WSOF 1 and won via unanimous decision.

Burkman faced Aaron Simpson at World Series of Fighting 2 on March 23, 2013. He won the fight via KO due to a knee strike and punches in the first round.

Burkman faced Jon Fitch on June 14, 2013, at World Series of Fighting 3 in a rematch of their first fight in which Burkman lost to Fitch due to a rear naked choke. Burkman avenged his loss, dropping Fitch with a series of punches before applying a guillotine choke submission and getting the win in just 41 seconds of round number one.

Burkman faced Steve Carl on October 26, 2013 at WSOF 6 in the main event for the WSOF Welterweight Championship. He lost the fight via triangle choke in the fourth round. It was noted that Josh did tap out from the choke but the ref ignored the tap, allowing Steve Carl to choke Burkman until he lost consciousness.

Burkman faced Tyler Stinson at WSOF 9 on March 29, 2014. He won the fight via knockout in the first round.

Return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship

Burkman signed a contract to return to the UFC for the first time since 2008 on October 3, 2014. Burkman faced Hector Lombard on January 3, 2015 at UFC 182. He lost the fight by unanimous decision. Subsequently, it was revealed that Lombard failed his post-fight drug test. On March 23, 2015 it was announced by the NSAC that the result of the fight had been overturned to a no contest.

Burkman faced Dong Hyun Kim on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187. Burkman lost the fight via submission in the third round.

Burkman faced Patrick Côté on August 23, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74. He lost the back and forth fight via TKO in the third round and both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.

For his next fight, Burkman dropped down to the lightweight division as he faced K.J. Noons on February 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 82. He won the fight by unanimous decision.

Burkman next faced Paul Felder on May 29, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 88. He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Burkman was expected to face Bobby Green on October 1, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 96. However, Green pulled out of the fight citing an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by promotional newcomer Zak Ottow. As a result of the late notice opponent change, the bout was contested at welterweight. He lost the fight via split decision.

Burkman faced Michel Prazeres on March 11, 2017 at UFC Fight Night 106. He lost the fight via submission in the first round.

Burkman faced Drew Dober on July 29, 2017 at UFC 214. He lost the fight by knockout in the first round.

Championships & accomplishments

  • Ultimate Fighting Championship
    • Fight of the Night (One time)
  • MMAJunkie.com
    • 2015 August Fight of the Month vs. Patrick Côté
  • Sherdog
    • 2013 Submission of the Year vs. Jon Fitch

Personal life

Burkman dated current UFC ring girl, Arianny Celeste.

Burkman married Brandy Lyn Winfield, 2010 International Yoga Champion, on December 1, 2011. Together they have a son, Legend Burkman, who was born in 2012 and had a second son Atlas born January 13, 2015.

Mixed martial arts record

See also

  • List of current UFC fighters
  • List of male mixed martial artists

External links

  • Josh Burkman -- Official Site
  • John Burkman at WSOF.com
  • Josh Burkman at ShowdownFights.com
  • Professional MMA record for Josh Burkman from Sherdog Edit this at Wikidata

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