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Josh Burkman is a veteran welterweight, who competed on TUF 2 and had ten fights in the UFC.  He currently fights for the World Series of Fighting (WSOF), and he has won both of his fights in the promotion’s first two events.  His last fight, a dominant victory over Aaron Simpson, set up what may be the biggest fight of Burkman’s career.  On June 14, at WSOF 3, in Las Vegas, Burkman will rematch Jon Fitch in the main event.  Burkman recently spoke with Jack Brown about the matchup, his fighting career, and how he became a “true” martial artist.  Please listen as he discusses the following and more:

How he got started with wrestling:
“...The gym coach knew that I had an older brother that was much tougher than I was, and he was like, "This will help you with your brother one day."

How prepared he was for his first pro MMA fight:
“I went in and fought a guy that was 9-0.  It was my first fight.  I had never trained in any kind of formal martial art.”

What happened after his first fight:
“After that, I dropped out of school, gave up my scholarship, and told my parents that I was going to be a cagefighter.  That was when my life turned from pursuing football and college and a degree, to being a professional mixed martial artist.”

How he reacted to a loss to Matt Horwich early in his career:
“When Horwich beat me, that's when I was exposed to Team Quest, Randy Couture, Chris Leben, and decided I'm going up there to train.”

His experience on season two of The Ultimate Fighter, with his win over Melvin Guillard and his early exit due to injury:
“You see people strategizing now and trying to get to the finals, where I was like, Melvin's the best guy and I'm going to prove to everybody that I'm the best guy here by beating him.”
“I broke my arm and didn't get to stay in the house very long.  I wish I could have been in that house a little bit longer because I was only there for a week and a half, total.  Back then, they didn't keep the fighters around."

How he would characterize his 5-5 career in the UFC:
“I would take 6-8 weeks to get ready for a fight, and in those 6-8 weeks I was very disciplined and very dedicated to my diet and getting ready for that fight I had.  But then after that fight, it was the exact opposite.  I was traveling.  I was going out and hanging out in environments where I shouldn't have.  You know, just partying, and enjoying the lifestyle of being a fighter, and I think that's why my career was up and down in the UFC.”

His 7-1 record since leaving the UFC and his lone loss to Jordan Mein:
“I don't know that that was a loss.  You shouldn't go to a decision with Canadians in Canada.  It was a very close fight."

How he feels about his upcoming rematch with Jon Fitch:
“I’m really excited about this fight.  There’s probably not another fight that I would rather have besides Jon Fitch.  There are other fights that I want, but none that I want more than this fight.  I think this is the ultimate test to see where I'm at compared to where I've been.  I think that Jon Fitch has improved a lot since then.  Jon Fitch, I think, was definitely unfairly cut from the UFC and it probably had more to do with money than with talent.”
“Jon Fitch has been the toughest fight of my career.  He probably gave me the biggest beating I've ever had in my life in or out of the cage.  I will go into this fight with a lot of respect for Jon Fitch.  He's the only person that's ever dropped me in my whole career.  I keep that in mind in my training, but, at the same time, Jon Fitch is definitely not fighting the same fighter that he fought in 2006."

What he thinks of the WSOF:
“There are really good people running this organization, from the CEO to the President.  I really like Ray Sefo as the President.  He is a fighter.  He understands where we're coming from and I appreciate the relationship that I have with him."

Who else he might like to fight someday:
“There's one fight that I think all welterweights want, at least any ones that want to truly challenge themselves, and at one point I would really  love to fight Georges St-Pierre.  That's like a dream fight for me.  I've got some things to do before I can really get to the point of talking about that, but I think I'm going to be able to do those things."

Who supports him in his life now:
"Nothing is more energizing for me now than my wife and my son"

How much he enjoys being a fighter:
“At this point in my career, I don't even feel like I'm a fighter anymore because the definition of that is to struggle, and I don't feel like I'm struggling anymore.  I'm performing now...I truly feel that I am a martial artist and I'm trying to get better at my craft every day.”

Thank you so much for listening and please follow @JoshBurkman, and @Jackjohnbrown on Twitter.

Visit Facebook for links to all of Jack’s past interviews and blogs.

Thank you to @KirikJenness  for @theUG.
 

 


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Technically, Josh, the road to GSP isn't all that simple.

First, you have to beat (not go through, as that's a physically impossibility) Fitch. Afterwards, you need to ride out your WSOF contract while remaining on a win streak. Next, you need to have your manager contact Joe Silva and friends to make a deal happen. If you're lucky, the UFC signs you to a 14/14 contract. Next, you need to run the gauntlet by facing (and defeating) at LEAST four top ten welterweights. If GSP is still champion by then, your road to him will lead you on a trip to Canada to challenge him for his championship.

Now, make sure you pack plenty of clothes, food and water because the roadtrip will be a long one. Phone Post 3.0
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yellow wrkahlc - Technically, Josh, the road to GSP isn't all that simple.

First, you have to beat (not go through, as that's a physically impossibility) Fitch. Afterwards, you need to ride out your WSOF contract while remaining on a win streak. Next, you need to have your manager contact Joe Silva and friends to make a deal happen. If you're lucky, the UFC signs you to a 14/14 contract. Next, you need to run the gauntlet by facing (and defeating) at LEAST four top ten welterweights. If GSP is still champion by then, your road to him will lead you on a trip to Canada to challenge him for his championship.

Now, make sure you pack plenty of clothes, food and water because the roadtrip will be a long one. Phone Post 3.0

I hope you didn't read just the title.  Josh is well aware of the long road to making that dream happen.  Thanks.

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yellow wrkahlc - Technically, Josh, the road to GSP isn't all that simple.

First, you have to beat (not go through, as that's a physically impossibility) Fitch. Afterwards, you need to ride out your WSOF contract while remaining on a win streak. Next, you need to have your manager contact Joe Silva and friends to make a deal happen. If you're lucky, the UFC signs you to a 14/14 contract. Next, you need to run the gauntlet by facing (and defeating) at LEAST four top ten welterweights. If GSP is still champion by then, your road to him will lead you on a trip to Canada to challenge him for his championship.

Now, make sure you pack plenty of clothes, food and water because the roadtrip will be a long one. Phone Post 3.0

I hope you didn't read just the title.  Josh is well aware of the long road to making that dream happen.  Thanks.

Of course I only read the title. Isn't that what we all do when we're on the app? Jump to conclusions because UG Blog is terrible at conveying messages accurately?

And I'm glad he's aware, but why the hell are you thanking me? Were you not aware that he was aware, or were you aware that I was aware that Josh was aware?

Spreak Engrish, prease. Phone Post 3.0
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GSP is ducking Burkman.

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yellow wrkahlc - Technically, Josh, the road to GSP isn't all that simple.

First, you have to beat (not go through, as that's a physically impossibility) Fitch. Afterwards, you need to ride out your WSOF contract while remaining on a win streak. Next, you need to have your manager contact Joe Silva and friends to make a deal happen. If you're lucky, the UFC signs you to a 14/14 contract. Next, you need to run the gauntlet by facing (and defeating) at LEAST four top ten welterweights. If GSP is still champion by then, your road to him will lead you on a trip to Canada to challenge him for his championship.

Now, make sure you pack plenty of clothes, food and water because the roadtrip will be a long one. Phone Post 3.0

I hope you didn't read just the title.  Josh is well aware of the long road to making that dream happen.  Thanks.

Of course I only read the title. Isn't that what we all do when we're on the app? Jump to conclusions because UG Blog is terrible at conveying messages accurately?

And I'm glad he's aware, but why the hell are you thanking me? Were you not aware that he was aware, or were you aware that I was aware that Josh was aware?

Spreak Engrish, prease. Phone Post 3.0

Just thanking you for commenting and trying to convey that this is a polite discourse.  It's also a habit of mine, one of my least bad, saying please and thank you.  THANKS!

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If anyone is able to listen to the 30+ minutes, I assure you it's worth your time.  Josh is well-spoken and has a great story to tell.  Above all, he seems very reasonable and will, I think, convince you that he is very capable of winning the fight on 6/14.

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yellow wrkahlc - Technically, Josh, the road to GSP isn't all that simple.

First, you have to beat (not go through, as that's a physically impossibility) Fitch. Afterwards, you need to ride out your WSOF contract while remaining on a win streak. Next, you need to have your manager contact Joe Silva and friends to make a deal happen. If you're lucky, the UFC signs you to a 14/14 contract. Next, you need to run the gauntlet by facing (and defeating) at LEAST four top ten welterweights. If GSP is still champion by then, your road to him will lead you on a trip to Canada to challenge him for his championship.

Now, make sure you pack plenty of clothes, food and water because the roadtrip will be a long one. Phone Post 3.0

I hope you didn't read just the title.  Josh is well aware of the long road to making that dream happen.  Thanks.

Of course I only read the title. Isn't that what we all do when we're on the app? Jump to conclusions because UG Blog is terrible at conveying messages accurately?

And I'm glad he's aware, but why the hell are you thanking me? Were you not aware that he was aware, or were you aware that I was aware that Josh was aware?

Spreak Engrish, prease. Phone Post 3.0

Just thanking you for commenting and trying to convey that this is a polite discourse.  It's also a habit of mine, one of my least bad, saying please and thank you.  THANKS!

Jack, so help me God, if you thank me one more time, I will josh all over your burk, man. Phone Post 3.0
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yellow wrkahlc - Technically, Josh, the road to GSP isn't all that simple.

First, you have to beat (not go through, as that's a physically impossibility) Fitch. Afterwards, you need to ride out your WSOF contract while remaining on a win streak. Next, you need to have your manager contact Joe Silva and friends to make a deal happen. If you're lucky, the UFC signs you to a 14/14 contract. Next, you need to run the gauntlet by facing (and defeating) at LEAST four top ten welterweights. If GSP is still champion by then, your road to him will lead you on a trip to Canada to challenge him for his championship.

Now, make sure you pack plenty of clothes, food and water because the roadtrip will be a long one. Phone Post 3.0

I hope you didn't read just the title.  Josh is well aware of the long road to making that dream happen.  Thanks.

Of course I only read the title. Isn't that what we all do when we're on the app? Jump to conclusions because UG Blog is terrible at conveying messages accurately?

And I'm glad he's aware, but why the hell are you thanking me? Were you not aware that he was aware, or were you aware that I was aware that Josh was aware?

Spreak Engrish, prease. Phone Post 3.0

Just thanking you for commenting and trying to convey that this is a polite discourse.  It's also a habit of mine, one of my least bad, saying please and thank you.  THANKS!

Jack, so help me God, if you thank me one more time, I will josh all over your burk, man. Phone Post 3.0

Let me assist:

Thank you!

:-)

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the road to GSP isn't even on Burkman's GPS.. sadly it won't ever be

 

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like most fights, Fitch could speed dial this one in... give me a break, Josh isn't winning this fight

 

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the road to GSP isn't even on Burkman's GPS.. sadly it won't ever be

 

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LMAO at the delsuions in that

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Burkman is a tough guy, looked GREAT against Simpson in his last fight. Leading up to it, I didn't think he was going to beat Harris in his fight before that. He is going to give Fitch a lot of problems.

 

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Burkman is a tough guy, looked GREAT against Simpson in his last fight. Leading up to it, I didn't think he was going to beat Harris in his fight before that. He is going to give Fitch a lot of problems.

 

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I have always found it strange and a little disrespectful when fighters talk about going to fight in another organization, maybe try and hype the league you are fighting for now. Phone Post 3.0
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yellow wrkahlc - Technically, Josh, the road to GSP isn't all that simple.

First, you have to beat (not go through, as that's a physically impossibility) Fitch. Afterwards, you need to ride out your WSOF contract while remaining on a win streak. Next, you need to have your manager contact Joe Silva and friends to make a deal happen. If you're lucky, the UFC signs you to a 14/14 contract. Next, you need to run the gauntlet by facing (and defeating) at LEAST four top ten welterweights. If GSP is still champion by then, your road to him will lead you on a trip to Canada to challenge him for his championship.

Now, make sure you pack plenty of clothes, food and water because the roadtrip will be a long one. Phone Post 3.0

I hope you didn't read just the title.  Josh is well aware of the long road to making that dream happen.  Thanks.

Of course I only read the title. Isn't that what we all do when we're on the app? Jump to conclusions because UG Blog is terrible at conveying messages accurately?

And I'm glad he's aware, but why the hell are you thanking me? Were you not aware that he was aware, or were you aware that I was aware that Josh was aware?

Spreak Engrish, prease. Phone Post 3.0

Just thanking you for commenting and trying to convey that this is a polite discourse.  It's also a habit of mine, one of my least bad, saying please and thank you.  THANKS!

Jack, so help me God, if you thank me one more time, I will josh all over your burk, man. Phone Post 3.0

Let me assist:

Thank you!

:-)

You've both just been joshed. Phone Post 3.0
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The road to GSP starts with poutine and a trip to his stomach.

After that it's right to his heart.

Maybe bed. Phone Post
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Burkman VS Fitch will be a good fight!

 

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When is it again? Phone Post 3.0
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