Burkman in 2007
October 4, 1980 |
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
|Other names||The People's Warrior|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)|
|Reach||72 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Team||The Pit Elevated Fight Team|
|Years active||2003 - present|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
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.
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.
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 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 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 married Brandy Lyn Winfield, 2010 International Yoga Champion on December 1, 2011, together they have a son Legend Burkman who was born in 2012.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|36 matches||26 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||26–10||Steve Carl||Technical Submission (triangle choke)||WSOF 6||October 26, 2013||4||1:02||Coral Gables, Florida, United States||For WSOF Welterweight Championship|
|Win||26–9||Jon Fitch||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||WSOF 3||June 14, 2013||1||0:41||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||25–9||Aaron Simpson||KO (knee and punches)||WSOF 2||March 23, 2013||1||3:04||Atlanta City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||24–9||Gerald Harris||Decision (unanimous)||WSOF 1||November 3, 2012||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||WSOF Debut|
|Win||23–9||Jamie Yager||Submission (guillotine choke)||Showdown Fights 8 – Burkman vs. Yager||August 25, 2012||2||3:25||Orem, Utah, United States|
|Win||22–9||Koffi Adzitso||Decision (unanimous)||Showdown Fights 6 – Breakout||February 24, 2012||3||5:00||Orem, Utah, United States|
|Loss||21–9||Jordan Mein||Decision (unanimous)||MMA 1: The Reckoning||April 2, 2011||3||5:00||Orillia, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||21–8||Jordan Smith||Decision (split)||Showdown Fights 2 – Respect||September 24, 2010||3||5:00||Orem, Utah, United States|
|Win||20–8||Jake Paul||Decision (unanimous)||Showdown Fights 1 – Burkman vs. Paul||April 9, 2010||3||5:00||Orem, Utah, United States|
|Win||19–8||Brandon Melendez||KO (punch)||Throwdown Showdown 5||November 20, 2009||1||4:14||Orem, Utah, United States|
|Loss||18–8||Pete Sell||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 90||October 25, 2008||3||5:00||Rosemont, Illinois, United States|
|Loss||18–7||Dustin Hazelett||Submission (armbar)||The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale||June 21, 2008||2||4:46||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||18–6||Mike Swick||Decision (majority)||UFC Fight Night: Swick vs Burkman||January 23, 2008||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||18–5||Forrest Petz||Decision (split)||UFC 77||October 20, 2007||3||5:00||Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Loss||17–5||Karo Parisyan||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 71||May 26, 2007||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17–4||Chad Reiner||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Evans vs Salmon||January 25, 2007||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||16–4||Josh Neer||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 61||July 8, 2006||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Loss||15–4||Jon Fitch||Submission (rear naked choke)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4||April 6, 2006||2||4:57||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–3||Drew Fickett||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3||January 16, 2006||1||1:07||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–3||Sammy Morgan||KO (slam and elbows)||The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale||November 5, 2005||1||0:21||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||UFC Debut|
|Loss||13–3||Jeremy Horn||Technical Submission (choke)||XFC – Dome Of Destruction 1||April 29, 2005||1||1:14||Tacoma, Washington, United States|
|Win||13–2||Brian Wieber||TKO||IFC – Eve Of Destruction||March 5, 2005||1||2:36||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||12–2||Kyacey Uscola||Submission (rear-naked choke)||SF 4 – Fight For Freedom||June 26, 2004||1||N/A||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||11–2||Drew Ellisor||Decision (unanimous)||Cage Fighting Championship 1||May 1, 2004||3||5:00||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||10–2||Isidro Gonzalez||Submission (guillotine choke)||SF 2 – On the Move||March 19, 2004||1||1:58||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Loss||9–2||Matt Horwich||Submission (triangle choke)||SF 1 – Revolution||February 21, 2004||2||2:11||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||9–1||Jeremy Brown||Decision||UCE – Winter Warrior Land – Episode 1||November 29, 2003||N/A||N/A||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||8–1||Derek Downey||Decision (unanimous)||UCE – Summer Series – Episode 4||August 30, 2003||3||3:00||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||7–1||Brian Garlick||Submission||UCE – Round 4 – Finals||July 12, 2003||2||N/A||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||6–1||Jeremy Brown||Submission||UCE – Round 4 – Semi-Finals||July 5, 2003||1||N/A||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||5–1||Matthew Bell||KO||UCE – Round 4 – Episode 4||June 28, 2003||1||N/A||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||4–1||Gedeon Jarvis||Submission||UCE – Round 3 – Finals||May 10, 2003||1||N/A||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||3–1||Hank Weiss||KO||UCE – Round 3 – Semi-Finals||May 3, 2003||1||N/A||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||2–1||Matt King||Submission||UCE – Round 3 – Episode 2||April 12, 2003||1||N/A||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Win||1–1||Cedric Nicholsen||Submission||UCE – Round 3 – Episode 1||April 5, 2003||1||N/A||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Loss||0–1||Hank Weiss||Submission||UCE – Round 2 – Episode 1||February 7, 2003||N/A||N/A||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States||MMA Debut|
- Justin Bolduc. "Josh Burkman Ready for Reiner". Nokaut. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
- "Burkman Signs With The WSOF". Retrieved 2012-09-06.
- MMAjunkie.com Staff (February 13, 2013). "WSOF 2 main card includes Burkman-Simpson, Branch-Filho, Cavalcante-Gaethje". MMAjunkie.com.
- "Burkman Stuns Fitch in 41 seconds with seriously tight submission". Retrieved 2013-06-16.
- "WSOF 6 Gets Josh Burkman-Steve Carl Welterweight Title Headliner In Florida". Retrieved 2013-09-05.
- "WSOF 6 results: Steve Carl downs Josh Burkman in fourth to claim belt". Retrieved 2013-10-26.
- "Burkman and Celeste". Retrieved 2007-05-17.
- "Through the eyes of the Underdog Part 1: Josh Burkman". Retrieved 2012-10-26.
- Josh Burkman -- Official Site
- John Burkman at WSOF.com
- Josh Burkman at ShowdownFights.com
- Professional MMA record for Josh Burkman from Sherdog