Josh Burkman

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Josh Burkman
Josh Burkman.jpg
Burkman in 2007
Born (1980-04-10) April 10, 1980 (age 34)
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 37
Wins 27
By knockout 7
By submission 10
By decision 10
Losses 10
By submission 6
By decision 4
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Joshua Ray Burkman[1] (born April 10, 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, and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 2.[2]

Background[edit]

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[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Burkman faced Steve Carl on October 26, 2013 at WSOF 6 in the main event for the WSOF Welterweight Championship.[6] 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. [7]

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

Personal life[edit]

Burkman dated current UFC ring girl, Arianny Celeste.[8]

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.[9]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 27–10 Tyler Stinson KO (punch) WSOF 9 March 29, 2014 1 2:15 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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 Rama, 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://boxing.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/boxingnvgov/content/results/2014_Results/03-29-14MMAR.pdf
  2. ^ Justin Bolduc. "Josh Burkman Ready for Reiner". Nokaut. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Burkman Signs With The WSOF". Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  4. ^ MMAjunkie.com Staff (February 13, 2013). "WSOF 2 main card includes Burkman-Simpson, Branch-Filho, Cavalcante-Gaethje". MMAjunkie.com. 
  5. ^ "Burkman Stuns Fitch in 41 seconds with seriously tight submission". Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  6. ^ "WSOF 6 Gets Josh Burkman-Steve Carl Welterweight Title Headliner In Florida". Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  7. ^ "WSOF 6 results: Steve Carl downs Josh Burkman in fourth to claim belt". Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  8. ^ "Burkman and Celeste". Retrieved 2007-05-17. 
  9. ^ "Through the eyes of the Underdog Part 1: Josh Burkman". Retrieved 2012-10-26. 

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