Joshua R. Burkman is an American mixed martial artist who is best known for his participation in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Before becoming a mixed martial artist, Burkman was an amateur wrestler. During his senior year of high school he finished second in his weight class at the state championship. Burkman also played college football before taking on fighting full time.
Before MMA Career Edit
Burkman attended Cottonwood High School. 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.
MMA career Edit
Burkman has a professional mixed martial arts record of 9 wins and 7 losses, with a UFC record of 5 wins and 5 losses.
After three consecutive losses Burkman was released by the UFC in November 2008.
|11/20/2009||Win||10-7||Brandon Melendez||Throwdown Showdown 5 - Homecoming||KO (Punch)||Round 1, 4:14|
|10/25/2008||Loss||9-7||Pete Sell||UFC 90: Silva vs Cote||Decision (Unanimous)||Round 3, 5:00|
|6/21/2008||Loss||9-6||Dustin Hazelett||The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale||Submission (Armbar)||Round 2, 4:45||Won Fight of the Night honors|
|1/23/2008||Loss||9-5||Mike Swick||UFC Fight Night 12||Decision (Majority)||Round 3, 5:00|
|10/20/2007||Win||9-4||Forrest Petz||UFC 77: Hostile Territory||Decision (Split)||Round 3, 5:00|
|5/26/2007||Loss||8-4||Karo Parisyan||UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson||Decision (Unanimous)||Round 3, 5:00|
|01/25/2007||Win||8-3||Chad Reiner||UFC Fight Night 8||Decision (Unanimous)||Round 3, 5:00|
|07/8/2006||Win||7-3||Josh Neer||UFC 61: Bitter Rivals||Decision (Unanimous)||Round 3, 5:00|
|04/6/2006||Loss||6-3||Jon Fitch||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Round 2, 4:57|
|01/16/2006||Win||6-2||Drew Fickett||UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Round 1, 1:07|
|11/5/2005||Win||5-2||Sammy Morgan||The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale||KO (Slam and Elbows)||Round 1, 0:21|
|10/3/2005||Loss||4-2||Colin Clark||XFC - Dome Of Destruction 2||Submission (Arm bar)||Round 2, 2:12|
|04/29/2005||Loss||4-2||Jeremy Horn||XFC - Dome Of Destruction 1||Submission (Choke)||Round 1, 1:14|
|03/5/2005||Win||4-1||Brian Wieber||IFC - Eve Of Destruction||TKO||Round 1, 2:36|
|06/26/2004||Win||3-1||Kyacey Uscola||SF 4 - Fight For Freedom||Submission (Rear Naked Choke)||Round 1, N/A|
|05/1/2004||Win||2-1||Drew Ellisor||CFC 1 - Cage Fighting Championship||Decision (Unanimous)||N/A|
|03/19/2004||Win||1-1||Chilo Gonzalez||SF 2 - On the Move||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||Round 1, N/A|
|02/21/2004||Loss||0-1||Matt Horwich||SF 2 - Revolution||Submission (Triangle Choke)||Round 2, 2:11|