Josh Burkman

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Josh Burkman
Josh Burkman.jpg
Burkman in 2007
Born (1980-04-10) April 10, 1980 (age 35)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Other names The People's Warrior
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Division Lightweight (155 lb) (2016–present)
Welterweight (170 lb) (2005–2015)
Middleweight (185 lb) (2003–2005)
Reach 72.0 in (183 cm)[1]
Style Wrestling
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Team The Pit Elevated Fight Team
Years active 2003–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 41
Wins 28
By knockout 7
By submission 10
By decision 11
Losses 12
By knockout 1
By submission 7
By decision 4
No contests 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Joshua Ray Burkman[2] (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.[3]


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 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.[4] 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[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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

Burkman faced Steve Carl on October 26, 2013 at WSOF 6 in the main event for the WSOF Welterweight Championship.[8] 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.[9]

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[edit]

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.[10] 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.[11]

Burkman faced Dong Hyun Kim on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187.[12] Burkman lost the fight via submission in the third round.[13]

Burkman faced Patrick Côté on August 23, 2015 at UFC Fight Night 74.[14] He lost the back and forth fight via TKO in the third round and both participants were awarded Fight of the Night honors.[15][16]

For his next fight, Burkman dropped down to the lightweight divsion as he faced K.J. Noons on February 6, 2016 at UFC Fight Night 82.[17] He won the fight by unanimous decision.[18]

Championships & accomplishments[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Burkman dated current UFC ring girl, Arianny Celeste.[20]

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.[21]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 28–12 (1) K.J. Noons Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson February 6, 2016 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lightweight debut.
Loss 27–12 (1) Patrick Côté TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Holloway vs. Oliveira August 23, 2015 3 1:26 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Fight of the Night.
Loss 27–11 (1) Dong Hyun Kim Submission (arm-triangle choke) UFC 187 May 23, 2015 3 2:13 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
NC 27–10 (1) Hector Lombard NC (overturned) UFC 182 January 3, 2015 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Originally a unanimous decision win for Lombard; overturned after he tested positive for anabolic steroids.
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 the inaugural 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 Atlantic 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
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: Team Rampage vs Team Forrest 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 Fight Night 4 April 6, 2006 2 4:57 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 15–3 Drew Fickett Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 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
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 (punches) 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 (choke) UCE – Round 4 – Finals July 12, 2003 2 N/A Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 6–1 Jeremy Brown Submission (choke) UCE – Round 4 – Semi-Finals July 5, 2003 1 N/A Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 5–1 Matthew Bell KO (punch) UCE – Round 4 – Episode 4 June 28, 2003 1 N/A Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 4–1 Gedeon Jarvis Submission (choke) UCE – Round 3 – Finals May 10, 2003 1 N/A Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 3–1 Hank Weiss KO (punch) UCE – Round 3 – Semi-Finals May 3, 2003 1 N/A Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 2–1 Matt King Submission (choke) UCE – Round 3 – Episode 2 April 12, 2003 1 N/A Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Win 1–1 Cedric Nicholsen Submission (choke) UCE – Round 3 – Episode 1 April 5, 2003 1 N/A Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Loss 0–1 Hank Weiss Submission (choke) UCE – Round 2 – Episode 1 February 7, 2003 N/A N/A Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ Justin Bolduc. "Josh Burkman Ready for Reiner". Nokaut. Retrieved 2007-01-25. 
  4. ^ Joe Myers (2010-09-22). "Burkman Explains Steroid Usage from a Fighter's Perspective". Retrieved 2015-02-10. 
  5. ^ "Burkman Signs With The WSOF". Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  6. ^ Staff (February 13, 2013). "WSOF 2 main card includes Burkman-Simpson, Branch-Filho, Cavalcante-Gaethje". 
  7. ^ "Burkman Stuns Fitch in 41 seconds with seriously tight submission". Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  8. ^ "WSOF 6 Gets Josh Burkman-Steve Carl Welterweight Title Headliner In Florida". Retrieved 2013-09-05. 
  9. ^ "WSOF 6 results: Steve Carl downs Josh Burkman in fourth to claim belt". Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  10. ^ Tristen Critchfield (2014-10-03). "Welterweight Josh Burkman Returns to Octagon, Faces Hector Lombard at UFC 182". Retrieved 2014-10-03. 
  11. ^ Matt Erickson and Brent Brookhouse (2015-03-23). "Hector Lombard suspended one year, fined, has UFC 182 win overturned by NSAC". Retrieved 2015-03-24. 
  12. ^ Staff (2015-03-02). "Josh Burkman vs. Dong Hyun Kim added to May's blockbuster UFC 187 event". Retrieved 2015-03-02. 
  13. ^ Steven Marrocco (2015-05-23). "UFC 187 results: Dong Hyun Kim pushes through rally to choke out Josh Burkman". Retrieved 2015-05-23. 
  14. ^ Ariel Helwani (2015-06-24). "Rick Story vs. Erick Silva to serve as UFC Saskatoon co-main event; other fights added to card". Retrieved 2015-06-24. 
  15. ^ Elias Cepeda (2015-08-23). "Patrick Cote stops Josh Burkman after back-and-forth scrap". Retrieved 2015-08-23. 
  16. ^ Mike Sloan (2015-08-23). "UFC Fight Night Saskatoon bonuses: Cote, Burkman, Arantes, Perez nab $50K Awards". Retrieved 2015-08-23. 
  17. ^ Staff (2015-12-13). "UFC Fight Night 82 adds Burkman-Noons". Retrieved 2015-12-13. 
  18. ^ Steven Marrocco (2016-02-06). "UFC Fight Night 82 results: Josh Burkman gets unanimous decision sweep of K.J. Noons". Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
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  20. ^ "Burkman and Celeste". Retrieved 2007-05-17. 
  21. ^ "Through the eyes of the Underdog Part 1: Josh Burkman". Retrieved 2012-10-26. 

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