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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.

Burkman was a contestant on the The Ultimate Fighter 2, which aired on Spike TV. Burkman has fought as a welterweight in the UFC up until November 2008 when his contract expired and was not renewed.

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.

Burkman was defeated by Pete Sell by unanimous decision at UFC 90.

After three consecutive losses Burkman was released by the UFC in November 2008.

Personal lifeEdit

Josh dated current UFC ring girl, Arianny Celeste.

MMA RecordEdit

10-7-0 (wins-losses-draws)
11/20/2009 Win 10-7 United States flag Brandon Melendez Throwdown Showdown 5 - Homecoming KO (Punch) Round 1, 4:14
10/25/2008 Loss 9-7 United States flag Pete Sell UFC 90: Silva vs Cote Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00
6/21/2008 Loss 9-6 United States flag 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 United States flag Mike Swick UFC Fight Night 12 Decision (Majority) Round 3, 5:00
10/20/2007 Win 9-4 United States flag Forrest Petz UFC 77: Hostile Territory Decision (Split) Round 3, 5:00
5/26/2007 Loss 8-4 Armenia flag Karo Parisyan UFC 71: Liddell vs. Jackson Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00
01/25/2007 Win 8-3 United States flag Chad Reiner UFC Fight Night 8 Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00
07/8/2006 Win 7-3 United States flag Josh Neer UFC 61: Bitter Rivals Decision (Unanimous) Round 3, 5:00
04/6/2006 Loss 6-3 United States flag Jon Fitch UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 2, 4:57
01/16/2006 Win 6-2 United States flag Drew Fickett UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3 Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1, 1:07
11/5/2005 Win 5-2 United States flag Sammy Morgan The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale KO (Slam and Elbows) Round 1, 0:21
10/3/2005 Loss 4-2 United States flag Colin Clark XFC - Dome Of Destruction 2 Submission (Arm bar) Round 2, 2:12
04/29/2005 Loss 4-2 United States flag Jeremy Horn XFC - Dome Of Destruction 1 Submission (Choke) Round 1, 1:14
03/5/2005 Win 4-1 United States flag Brian Wieber IFC - Eve Of Destruction TKO Round 1, 2:36
06/26/2004 Win 3-1 United States flag Kyacey Uscola SF 4 - Fight For Freedom Submission (Rear Naked Choke) Round 1, N/A
05/1/2004 Win 2-1 United States flag Drew Ellisor CFC 1 - Cage Fighting Championship Decision (Unanimous) N/A
03/19/2004 Win 1-1 United States flag Chilo Gonzalez SF 2 - On the Move Submission (Guillotine Choke) Round 1, N/A
02/21/2004 Loss 0-1 United States flag Matt Horwich SF 2 - Revolution Submission (Triangle Choke) Round 2, 2:11

External links Edit

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