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Josh Burkman

Josh "The People's Warrior" Burkman

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  • Name: Josh Burkman
  • MMA Record: 28-15-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The People's Warrior
  • Current Streak: 3 Losses
  • Age: 36 | Date of Birth: 1980.10.04
  • Last Fight: March 11, 2017 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Team Quest
  • Height: 5'10" (178cm) | Reach: 72.0" (183cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $521,000 USD
  • Born: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG
  • Fighting out of: Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site

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Josh Burkman MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout

Us Drew Dober
28-15-0 17-8-0

Us UFC 214: Cormier vs. Jones 2
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.07.29
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:42 Round 1 of 3

Br Michel Prazeres
28-14-0 21-2-0

Br UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs. Gastelum
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2017.03.11
Odds: +225 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#25 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2017
UFC Fight Night 106 Performance of the Night
Cancelled Bout Bobby Green UFC UFN 96 2016.10.01
Reason: Green Withdrew (Personal Issues)
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Zak Ottow
28-13-0 13-3-0

Us UFC Fight Night 96: Lineker vs. Dodson
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.10.01
Odds: -260 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $54,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Paul Felder
28-12-0 11-2-0

Us UFC Fight Night 88: Almeida vs. Garbrandt
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.05.29
Odds: +240 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $48,000 Base | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: Chris Tognoni
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us KJ Noons
27-12-0 13-8-0

Us UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs. Thompson
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2016.02.06
Odds: -160 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $90,000 ($45K Base, $45K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs (70.8 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Loss | KO/TKO
1:26 Round 3 of 3, 11:26 Total

Ca Patrick Cote
27-11-0 21-9-0

Ca UFC Fight Night 74: Holloway vs. Oliveira
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.08.23
Odds: -135 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Jerin Valel
UFC Fight Night 74 Fight of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:13 Round 3 of 3, 12:13 Total

Kr Dong Hyun Kim
27-10-0 19-3-1

Us UFC 187: Johnson vs. Cormier
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.05.23
Odds: +180 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $45,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
No Contest | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Cu Hector Lombard
27-10-0 34-4-1

Us UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2015.01.03
Odds: +700 (Huge Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $45,000 Base | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
Cancelled Bout Jon Fitch WSOF 11 2014.07.05
Reason: Burkman Elbow Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:15 Round 1 of 3

Us Tyler Stinson
26-10-0 28-9-0

Us WSOF 9: Carl vs. Palhares
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2014.03.29
Odds: -255 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $25,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Jason Herzog
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:02 Round 4 of 5, 16:02 Total

Us Steve Carl
26-9-0 20-3-0

Us WSOF 6: Burkman vs. Carl
Main Event | Vacant Title | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.10.26
Odds: -450 (Heavy Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 169.6 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Troy Waugh
Win | Submission | Choke
0:41 Round 1 of 3

Us Jon Fitch
25-9-0 24-5-1

Us WSOF 3: Fitch vs. Burkman 2
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.06.14
Odds: +400 (Heavy Underdog) Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $32,000 ($16K Base, $16K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
#65 Greatest Submission of All Time
#2 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
Cancelled Bout Ryan LaFlare WSOF 2 2013.03.23
Reason: LaFlare to UFC
Win | KO/TKO | Knee
3:04 Round 1 of 3

Us Aaron Simpson
24-9-0 12-4-0

Us WSOF 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2013.03.23
Odds: +220 (Moderate Underdog) Upset Victory | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Gerald Harris
23-9-0 21-4-0

Us WSOF 1: Arlovski vs. Cole
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.11.03
Odds: +175 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Chris Tognoni
Win | Submission | Choke
3:25 Round 2 of 3, 8:25 Total

Us Jamie Yager
22-9-0 6-2-0

Us Showdown Fights 8: Burkman vs. Yager
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.08.25
Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Cancelled Bout Daniel Acácio Amazon Forest Combat 2 2012.03.31
Reason: Burkman Visa Issues
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tg Koffi Adzitso
21-9-0 17-8-0

Us Showdown Fights 6: Breakout
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2012.02.24
Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Cancelled Bout Leandro Silva Amazon Forest Combat 1 2011.09.14
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Ca Jordan Mein
21-8-0 21-7-0

Ca Knockout Entertainment MMA: The Reckoning
Main Event

2011.04.01
Referee: John McCarthy
Win | Decision | Split

Us Jordan Smith

Us Showdown Fights

2010.09.24
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Jake Paul

Us Showdown Fights

2010.04.09
Win | KO/TKO | Punch

Us Brandon Melendez

Us Showdown Fights

2009.11.20
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Pete Sell
18-7-0 7-4-0

Us UFC 90: Silva vs Cote
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.10.25
Odds: -223 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Mike Reid
Loss | Submission | Armlock
4:46 Round 2 of 3, 9:46 Total

Us Dustin Hazelett
18-6-0 10-4-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.06.21
Odds: -190 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($10K Base, $20K Fight/Night) | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#23 Greatest Submission of All Time
The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale Fight of the Night
The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale Submission of the Night
Loss | Decision | Majority
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Mike Swick
18-5-0 10-2-0

Us UFC Fight Night 12: Swick vs. Burkman
Main Event | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2008.01.23
Odds: +166 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 Base | Weigh-In: 170.0 lbs (77.1 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Forrest Petz
17-5-0 16-4-0

Us UFC 77: Hostile Territory
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2007.10.20
Odds: -308 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 ($10K Base, $10K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.5 lbs (77.8 kgs)
Loss | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Am Karo Parisyan
17-4-0 16-4-0

Us UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2007.05.26
Odds: +260 (Moderate Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $7,000 Base | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Chad Reiner
16-4-0 13-1-0

Us UFC Fight Night 8: Evans vs Salmon
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2007.01.25
Odds: -350 (Moderate Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $14,000 ($7K Base, $7K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Troy Waugh
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Josh Neer
15-4-0 17-3-1

Us UFC 61: Bitter Rivals
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.07.08
Odds: -160 (Slight Favorite) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 169.0 lbs (76.7 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:57 Round 2 of 3, 9:57 Total

Us Jon Fitch
15-3-0 11-2-0

Us UFC Fight Night 4
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.04.06
Odds: -240 (Moderate Favorite) Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $5,000 Base | Weigh-In: 169.5 lbs (76.9 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Choke
1:07 Round 1 of 3

Us Drew Fickett
14-3-0 28-3-0

Us UFC Fight Night 3
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2006.01.16
Odds: +185 (Slight Underdog) | Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
Win | KO/TKO | Slam
0:21 Round 1 of 3

Us Sam Morgan
13-3-0 16-6-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale
Preliminary Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2005.11.05
Disclosed Pay: $10,000 ($5K Base, $5K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 170.5 lbs (77.3 kgs) | Referee: Jon Schorle
Win | Decision | Unanimous
Exhibition Bout
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Melvin Guillard
13-3-0 18-4-2

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 2
Main Card | Welterweight | 170 lbs

2005.06.15
Weigh-In: 171.0 lbs (77.6 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Loss | Submission | Choke

Us Jeremy Horn

Us Washington Regional

2005.04.29
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Brian Wieber

Us International Fighting Championship

2005.03.05
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Kyacey Uscola

Us SportFight

2004.06.26
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Drew Ellisor

Us Utah Regional

2004.05.01
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Isidro Gonzalez

Us SportFight

2004.03.19
Loss | Submission | Choke

Us Matt Horwich

Us SportFight

2004.02.21
Win | Decision

Us Jeremy Brown

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2003.11.29
Win | Decision

Us Derek Downey

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2003.08.30
Win | Submission

Us Brian Garlick

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2003.07.12
Win | Submission

Us Jeremy Brown

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2003.07.05
Win | KO/TKO

Us Matthew Bell

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2003.06.28
Win | Submission

Us Gedeon Jarvis

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2003.05.10
Win | KO/TKO

Us Hank Weiss

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2003.05.03
Win | Submission

Us Matt King

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2003.04.12
Win | Submission

Us Cedric Nicholsen

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2003.04.05
Loss | Submission

Us Hank Weiss

Us Ultimate Combat Experience

2003.02.07

Josh Burkman Wiki Update Wiki

The definition of a journeyman fighter, Josh Burkman fought for a variety of local promotions in the Utah area before being invited to join the UFC in 2005. During his time with the world's premiere fight organization, 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 promotion and has returned to dominating the Utah circuit.


Known for his takedowns, well rounded skill set, and conditioning, Burkman has a susceptibility to submission specialists, having lost the majority of his fights by way of submission.


The Ultimate Fighter 2

Episode 2 Burkman def. Melvin Guillard by Unanimous Decision

*Removed from show after breaking his arm in his fight with Guillard.

TUF 2 Finale Burkman def. Sammy Morgan by KO (Slam) at 0:21 of Round 1

Last updated 02.17.2014, 12:30 PM ET
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