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Josh Burkman

Josh Burkman
Burkman in 2007
Born (1980-10-04) October 4, 1980 (age 33)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Other names The People's Warrior
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Welterweight (2005-present)
Middleweight (2003-2005)
Reach 72 in (180 cm)
Style Wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Salt Lake City, Utah
Team The Pit Elevated Fight Team
Years active 2003 - present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 36
Wins 26
By knockout 6
By submission 10
By decision 10
Losses 10
By submission 6
By decision 4
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Joshua R. Burkman (born October 4, 1980) is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the World Series of Fighting's Welterweight division. Burkman formerly competed in the UFC, the XFC, the IFC, and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 2.[1]

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. He then 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 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 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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Burkman faced Steve Carl on October 26, 2013 at WSOF 6 in the main event for the WSOF Welterweight Championship.[5] He lost the fight via submission in the fourth round.[6]

Personal life

Burkman dated current UFC ring girl, Arianny Celeste.[7]

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.[8]

Mixed martial arts record

Template:MMA record start |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|26–10 |Steve Carl |Technical Submission (triangle choke) |WSOF 6 |October 26, 2013 |align=center|4 |align=center|1:02 |Coral Gables, Florida, United States |For WSOF Welterweight Championship |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|26–9 |Jon Fitch |Technical Submission (guillotine choke) |WSOF 3 |02013-06-14June 14, 2013 |align=center|1 |align=center|0:41 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|25–9 |Aaron Simpson |KO (knee and punches) |WSOF 2 |02013-03-23March 23, 2013 |align=center|1 |align=center|3:04 |Atlanta City, New Jersey, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|24–9 |Gerald Harris |Decision (unanimous) |WSOF 1 |02012-11-03November 3, 2012 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States |WSOF Debut |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|23–9 |Jamie Yager |Submission (guillotine choke) |Showdown Fights 8 – Burkman vs. Yager |02012-08-25August 25, 2012 |align=center|2 |align=center|3:25 |Orem, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|22–9 |Koffi Adzitso |Decision (unanimous) |Showdown Fights 6 – Breakout |02012-02-24February 24, 2012 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Orem, Utah, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|21–9 |Jordan Mein |Decision (unanimous) |MMA 1: The Reckoning |02011-04-02April 2, 2011 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Orillia, Ontario, Canada | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|21–8 |Jordan Smith |Decision (split) |Showdown Fights 2 – Respect |02010-09-24September 24, 2010 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Orem, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|20–8 |Jake Paul |Decision (unanimous) |Showdown Fights 1 – Burkman vs. Paul |02010-04-09April 9, 2010 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Orem, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|19–8 |Brandon Melendez |KO (punch) |Throwdown Showdown 5 |02009-11-20November 20, 2009 |align=center|1 |align=center|4:14 |Orem, Utah, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|18–8 |Pete Sell |Decision (unanimous) |UFC 90 |02008-10-25October 25, 2008 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Rosemont, Illinois, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|18–7 |Dustin Hazelett |Submission (armbar) |The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale |02008-06-21June 21, 2008 |align=center|2 |align=center|4:46 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|18–6 |Mike Swick |Decision (majority) |UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman |02008-01-23January 23, 2008 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|18–5 |Forrest Petz |Decision (split) |UFC 77 |02007-10-20October 20, 2007 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|17–5 |Karo Parisyan |Decision (unanimous) |UFC 71 |02007-05-26May 26, 2007 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|17–4 |Chad Reiner |Decision (unanimous) |UFC Fight Night: Evans vs Salmon |02007-01-25January 25, 2007 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Hollywood, Florida, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|16–4 |Josh Neer |Decision (unanimous) |UFC 61 |02006-07-08July 8, 2006 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|15–4 |Jon Fitch |Submission (rear naked choke) |UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 |02006-04-06April 6, 2006 |align=center|2 |align=center|4:57 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|15–3 |Drew Fickett |Submission (guillotine choke) |UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3 |02006-01-16January 16, 2006 |align=center|1 |align=center|1:07 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|14–3 |Sammy Morgan |KO (slam and elbows) |The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale |02005-11-05November 5, 2005 |align=center|1 |align=center|0:21 |Las Vegas, Nevada, United States |UFC Debut |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|13–3 |Jeremy Horn |Technical Submission (choke) |XFC – Dome Of Destruction 1 |02005-04-29April 29, 2005 |align=center|1 |align=center|1:14 |Tacoma, Washington, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|13–2 |Brian Wieber |TKO |IFC – Eve Of Destruction |02005-03-05March 5, 2005 |align=center|1 |align=center|2:36 |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|12–2 |Kyacey Uscola |Submission (rear-naked choke) |SF 4 – Fight For Freedom |02004-06-26June 26, 2004 |align=center|1 |align=center|N/A |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|11–2 |Drew Ellisor |Decision (unanimous) |Cage Fighting Championship 1 |02004-05-01May 1, 2004 |align=center|3 |align=center|5:00 |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|10–2 |Isidro Gonzalez |Submission (guillotine choke) |SF 2 – On the Move |02004-03-19March 19, 2004 |align=center|1 |align=center|1:58 |Portland, Oregon, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|9–2 |Matt Horwich |Submission (triangle choke) |SF 1 – Revolution |02004-02-21February 21, 2004 |align=center|2 |align=center|2:11 |Portland, Oregon, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|9–1 |Jeremy Brown |Decision |UCE – Winter Warrior Land – Episode 1 |02003-11-29November 29, 2003 |align=center|N/A |align=center|N/A |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|8–1 |Derek Downey |Decision (unanimous) |UCE – Summer Series – Episode 4 |02003-08-30August 30, 2003 |align=center|3 |align=center|3:00 |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|7–1 |Brian Garlick |Submission |UCE – Round 4 – Finals |02003-07-12July 12, 2003 |align=center|2 |align=center|N/A |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|6–1 |Jeremy Brown |Submission |UCE – Round 4 – Semi-Finals |02003-07-05July 5, 2003 |align=center|1 |align=center|N/A |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|5–1 |Matthew Bell |KO |UCE – Round 4 – Episode 4 |02003-06-28June 28, 2003 |align=center|1 |align=center|N/A |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|4–1 |Gedeon Jarvis |Submission |UCE – Round 3 – Finals |02003-05-10May 10, 2003 |align=center|1 |align=center|N/A |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|3–1 |Hank Weiss |KO |UCE – Round 3 – Semi-Finals |02003-05-03May 3, 2003 |align=center|1 |align=center|N/A |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|2–1 |Matt King |Submission |UCE – Round 3 – Episode 2 |02003-04-12April 12, 2003 |align=center|1 |align=center|N/A |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | |- |style="background:#bfd; color:black; vertical-align:middle; text-align:center; " class="table-yes2" |Win |align=center|1–1 |Cedric Nicholsen |Submission |UCE – Round 3 – Episode 1 |02003-04-05April 5, 2003 |align=center|1 |align=center|N/A |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States | |- |style="background: #ffdddd; color: black; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-no2" |Loss |align=center|0–1 |Hank Weiss |Submission |UCE – Round 2 – Episode 1 |02003-02-07February 7, 2003 |align=center|N/A |align=center|N/A |Salt Lake City, Utah, United States |MMA Debut |}

References

External links

  • Josh Burkman -- Official Site
  • John Burkman at WSOF.com
  • Josh Burkman at ShowdownFights.com
  • Sherdog
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