Josh Burkman

Burkman Taking Hiatus to Heal Injuries

Josh Burkman. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Contrary to popular belief, “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Josh Burkman is not on bad terms with the UFC following his release from the promotion. In fact, his relationship with the organization is great and he could actually be returning in the near future.

However, first on the docket is time to heal some lingering injuries for “The People’s Warrior”:

“After the Pete Sell fight, I got an MRI, [and found a] herniated disc in my neck, four bulging discs in my back,” Burkman said. “I had arthritis, [and] a bunch of nerve damage up from the herniated. I talked to [UFC matchmaker] Joe Silva and I told him I was taking a year off. He said when I was healthy and done with my rehab to give him a call.”
Burkman has spent the last four months rehabbing his back. In another week or so he will start a mock six week training camp, to make sure that his body can handle the preparation necessary to fight. If he makes it through training camp, Burkman says that he will call the UFC, and thinks that the company would offer him a three-fight contract.

Part of me thought that Burkman had been hurt going into the Mike Swick fight, but I didn’t want to speculate at the time. It was clear as day that the explosiveness he has shown in the past just wasn’t there. Swick isn’t a bad wrestler, but he’s not anything special, and Burkman wasn’t able to take him down no matter what he tried. Something was wrong.

With that said, the UFC isn’t going to give him a break just because he fought injured. The fact of the matter is that he lost his last three fights and a fourth in his comeback fight isn’t going to result in another chance for him for a while. I recommend taking a couple of fights in smaller shows before jumping right back into a revamped UFC welterweight division.

Morning News and Notes: Lashley Debut Set, Burkman Injured & More

Bobby Lashley. Photo courtesy of American Top Team.

— Former WWE star Bobby Lashley will soon join Brock Lesnar in the professional ranks of mixed martial arts. Lashley has reportedly signed on to make his pro debut against fellow newcomer Joshua Franklin at the Mixed Fighting Alliance’s scheduled December 13 event in Miami. The card will be headlined by a rematch between UFC veterans Ricco Rodriguez and Jeff Monson. Rodriguez stopped Monson via third-round TKO in the first meeting at UFC 35 in January 2002.

— UFC welterweight Josh Burkman will be sidelined indefinitely while attempting to heal two bulging discs in his back and another bulging disc in his neck. Burkman, who has attributed his current three-fight losing streak partially to the injury, says that he will first try to heal the injury via physical therapy before potentially undergoing surgery, which is similar to what Nate Quarry and Tito Ortiz have recently had, to repair the injury.

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UFC 90: Silva vs Cote Weigh-In Results

Patrick Cote. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The official weigh-in results for tomorrow night’s UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote event, which takes place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, are below. All fighters successfully made weight with the exception of Josh Burkman, who weighed-in two pounds over the welterweight limit. He will be given one hour to shed the extra weight.

UFC 90 is headlined by reigning middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his title against heavy-handed contender Patrick Cote. Rising welterweight sensation Thiago Alves will look to continue his winning ways against replacement opponent Josh Koscheck in the co-main event.

Main Card:

Anderson Silva (184 lbs) vs. Patrick Cote (183 lbs)
Josh Koscheck (170 lbs) vs. Thiago Alves (171 lbs)
Fabricio Werdum (256 lbs) vs. Junior dos Santos (234 lbs)
Sean Sherk (156 lbs) vs. Tyson Griffin (155 lbs)
Rich Clementi (156 lbs) vs. Gray Maynard (155 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Thales Leites (186 lbs) vs. Drew McFedries (186 lbs)
Spencer Fisher (155 lbs) vs. Shannon Gugerty (156 lbs)
Dan Miller (185 lbs) vs. Matt Horwich (186 lbs)
Hermes Franca (156 lbs) vs. Marcus Aurelio (156 lbs)
Josh Burkman (173 lbs) vs. Pete Sell (170 lbs)

Report: Sell-Burkman Set for UFC 90

Pete Sell. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

A welterweight bout between two fighters in dire need of a victory, Matt Serra-trained Pete Sell and Team Quest product Josh Burkman, will reportedly take place when the Ultimate Fighting Championship travels to the suburbs of Chicago for UFC 90: Silva vs. Cote on October 25th.

Serra confirmed that Sell would be taking on Burkman during a recent interview with Sell, who fights out of Long Island, has not fought since being knocked out by Nate Quarry at UFC Fight Night 11 in September of last year. It was Sell’s third straight UFC loss.

Burkman has now dropped three out of his last four bouts. Following a disappointing performance against Mike Swick at UFC Fight Night 12, in which he lost a majority decision, Burkman was submitted by Dustin Hazelett in the second round of their bout at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale. Either fighter could easily find themselves fighting in smaller shows if they lose in this one.

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TUF 7: Finale Live Results

Results from The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale:
Rob Kimmons def. Rob Yundt - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Dean Lister def. Jeremy Horn - Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Matt Brown def. Matt Arroyo - TKO
Drew McFedries def. Marvin Eastman - TKO
Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough - Cancelled
Dustin Hazelett def. Josh Burkman - Submission (Armbar)
Matt Riddle def. Dante Rivera - Unanimous Decision
Spencer Fisher def. Jeremy Stephens - Unanimous Decision
Diego Sanchez def. Luigi Fioravanti - TKO
Amir Sadollah def. CB Dollaway - Submission (Armbar)
Kendall Grove def. Evan Tanner - Split Decision

- Dollaway protested his loss, suggesting he didn’t tap out.  It did appear that he tapped once.  It resulted in a good-looking hanging armbar from Sadollah.
- Tanner could not solve Grove’s size.  He walked into a few punches, and looked surprised by the reach of Grove’s legs.  Tanner had a good third round, but nothing that compared to the first two, which easily went to Grove.  The split decision result was curious.

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Sadollah-Dollaway II Completes “TUF Finale” Lineup

Amir Sadollah. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Last night’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter” showed us that everything isn’t always set in stone, especially when it comes to who will be fighting to become this season’s winner.

After Amir Sadollah pulled off a third-round upset of highly touted wrestler C.B. Dollaway, he was set to join Jesse Taylor in the finals of the reality show’s middleweight bracket for this season. However when a few of the fighters opted to stay in Las Vegas following the filming of the show, Taylor’s infamous drunken escapades continued.

Taylor smashed a limousine window, upset guests at Palace Station, a casino owned by UFC co-owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, and then gave security all they could handle on the fighter’s final night in Sin City. UFC President Dana White had seen enough and ultimately decided to kick Taylor off of the show, additionally asking Dollaway and fellow semi-finalist Tim Credeur to fight in another exhibition bout to decide who would go on to fight Sadollah in the finals.

Dollaway used his wrestling skills to earn a hard-fought unanimous decision over Credeur, moving on to rematch Sadollah this Saturday night. This season’s finale will see the fewest amount of ‘TUF’ cast members in history - only seven from this season will be on the card. The remainder will have a slew of UFC veterans complete a stacked undercard.

The show will also feature a welterweight battle between Diego Sanchez and American Top Team product Luigi Fioravanti. Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner will collide with Kendall Grove, the middleweight winner of the show’s third season, in the night’s main event.

The complete card for the event is as follows:

Main Card:

Evan Tanner vs. Kendall Grove
Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Amir Sadollah vs. C.B. Dollaway
Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens
Matt Riddle vs. Dante Rivera

Preliminary Bouts:

Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett
Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries
Dean Lister vs. Jeremy Horn
Tim Credeur vs. Cale Yarbrough
Rob Yundt vs. Rob Kimmons
Matt Arroyo vs. Matt Brown

Horn-Lister Among Three Fights Added to TUF 7 Finale

Dean Lister throws a left hand at Jordan Radev. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has announced four additional fights that will take place at the The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21st.

Longtime mixed martial arts veterans and skilled grapplers Jeremy Horn and Dean Lister will collide in an anticipated middleweight bout that will serve as one of the notable preliminary fights on the card. Horn has lost his last two fights, most recently a submission loss to Nate Marquardt in February. Lister last defeated Jordan Radev in December.

Additional previously rumored bouts that were announced include Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens, Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries, and Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett.

Former UFC middleweight champion Evan Tanner will attempt to bounce back from a recent loss to Yushin Okami last month when he takes on Kendall Grove in the main event.

The current card for the event is as follows:

Evan Tanner vs. Kendall Grove
Diego Sanchez vs. Luigi Fioravanti
Jeremy Horn vs. Dean Lister
Spencer Fisher vs. Jeremy Stephens
Marvin Eastman vs. Drew McFedries
Josh Burkman vs. Dustin Hazelett

Burkman-Hazelett Set for TUF 7 Finale

Josh Burkman weighs-in for UFC Fight Night 12. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Hoping to bounce back from recent losses, welterweights Josh Burkman and Dustin Hazelett will likely collide in one of the more high-profile fights at The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale on June 21st.

The news comes from a report by our friends at MMA Junkie. Diego Sanchez is expected to take on American Top Team’s Luigi Fioravanti in a bout that will serve as the show’s main event.

Burkman is coming off of a lackluster majority decision loss to Mike Swick at UFC Fight Night 12 in January. After a promising start that saw Burkman win four out of his first five bouts in the UFC, the former “Ultimate Fighter” contestant has now dropped two out of his last three.

The Utah native has also not finished a fight since submitting Drew Fickett in January 2006. His last five bouts have gone the distance.

Hazelett, who now goes by the nickname “McLovin”, recently had a three-fight winning streak snapped at the hands of standout wrestler Josh Koscheck earlier this month at UFC 82: Pride of a Champion. Koscheck stopped Hazelett with strikes.

The upcoming season of “The Ultimate Fighter” will start on April 2nd, preceded by UFC Fight Night 13, which is slated to be televised in a three-hour Spike TV time slot. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Forrest Griffin will serve as coaches on the show. Jackson will then defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Griffin at UFC 86 in July.

Swick Ready for Explosive New Beginning

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Imagine you naturally weigh around 180 lbs. In a fight game where all of the athletes basically fight below their natural weight in order to use their size as an advantage, imagine fighting a weight class above yours and even a higher weight class than that just to participate in a reality show.

This was the situation that Mike Swick found himself in for nearly three years. After originally participating at 205 lbs during the first season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’, Swick dropped down to middleweight where he went on a five-fight winning streak, defeating former title contenders Joe Riggs and David Loiseau along the way before finally running into Yushin Okami.

To say that Okami brought it to Swick is an understatement. Plain and simple, Okami pushed Swick around. Realizing that he still had the opportunity to finally fight a tad below his natural weight, Swick opted to make the drop to welterweight, the UFC’s most crowded and talented division.

Swick’s debut at 170 lbs will come later tonight, when he takes on fellow former Ultimate Fighter alumnus Josh Burkman in the main event of the twelfth edition of UFC Fight Night live on Spike TV.

According to the man they call “Quick”, we should all be prepared to watch an all-around better Mike Swick.

“I feel great going into this fight,” Swick told MMA on Tap during a recent interview session. “I had an awesome training camp, so many great guys to work with at AKA. I actually feel stronger than I did going into the Okami fight, which sounds a little weird considering that I’m dropping down a weight class for this one but it’s the truth. I feel stronger, faster, more explosive. This has the makings of being my best fight to date.”

When Swick fought at middleweight in the past, he’s stated many times that he didn’t have to cut any weight at all in most cases. If you haven’t done it before, cutting weight and then fighting the day after can be a lot to handle. However Swick says there’s nothing to worry about thanks to some good old practice.

“I’ve cut down to 170 lbs a few times while training for this fight and it went very smooth each time,” said Swick. “I felt fine afterwards and then went right back into sparring and training for other things right after so I don’t see any problems popping up.”

While Swick brings many tools to the table, one thing that has been lacking in his game has been solid wrestling. Unforunately for him, Burkman’s biggest strength is wrestling, being a former wrestler that has trained in the past with other talented grapplers at Team Quest.

“We’ve worked to develop a game plan that will bring out my strengths and allow me to impose my will on Josh,” Swick said. “I’m always working to improve my wrestling. Two of the best wrestlers in the UFC, Josh Koscheck and Jon Fitch both train with me at AKA so I’m confident that my wrestling is always improving.”

At the end of the day, a fighter has to be confident that he’s going to be able to win in any fight that he’s going into. When there’s no added pressure going into the bout, it always makes things a lot easier.

“There’s no pressure going into this fight,” said Swick. “No pressure. I’m coming in with a clear mind and I’m very focused. I’m really excited to get back into the swing of things. I feel great. I’m going to try and finish the fight as fast as I can and as impressive as I can but I’m not going to make any mistakes in an attempt to do that. I don’t think this one will go the distance though. I feel I can finish him.”

Swick vs Burkman Set For UFC Fight Night 12

MMA Mania is reporting that Mike Swick will make his long-awaited welterweight debut against Josh Burkman at UFC Fight Night 12 on January 23.

Mike Swick sports a UFC record of 5-1 with victories over David Loiseau, Joe Riggs, Steve Vigneault, Gideon Ray and Alex Schoenauer. Swick’s sole loss came to Yushin Okami at UFC 69: Shootout. Swick was originally expected to make his welterweight debut against Jonathan Goulet at UFC Fight Night 11 but the fight was cancelled when it was announced that Swick has sustained a rib injury while training.

Josh Burkman sports a UFC record of 5-2 with victories over the likes of Forrest Petz, Josh Neer, Chad Reiner, Sam Morgan and Drew Fickett. Burkman’s two losses came to welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Karo Parisyan.

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