Josh Burkman will look to build on his two-fight winning streak when he steps in to the octagon with Karo Parisyan May 26th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Burkman (8-3) found his way into the UFC after appearing on the UFC’s hit reality show ‘The Ultimate Fighter’. His appearance on the show was short lived when he broke his arm fighting Melvin Guillard. Since then Burkman has worked to solidify himself as a contender in the welterweight division going 4-1 with victories over Sam Morgan, Drew Fickett, Josh Neer and Chad Reiner. His sole UFC loss came to the hands of welterweight contender Jon Fitch.
Burkman’s opponent, Karo Parisyan (16-4), is coming off of a victory over Drew Fickett. Parisyan is 6-2 in the octagon and at one point he was slated to fight former champion Matt Hughes for the title before he was sidelined with an injury. With the injury, Parisyan lost his spot as the top contender in the UFC’s stacked welterweight division. Since returning to action, Parisyan has gone 2-1 with victories over Nick Thompson and Drew Fickett. Parisyan’s only loss came in a war with undefeated fighter Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez.