World Series of Fighting
Joshua R. Burkman was born October 4, 1980 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is an American professional mixed martial artist currently competing in the World Series of Fighting's Welterweight division. He has formerly competed in the UFC, the XFC, the IFC, and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 2.
He attended Cottonwood High School (Murray, Utah), where he was a three-sport star athlete. 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. He finished second place in the state championships in the 171-pound division in wrestling.
He played two seasons of college football before he began his career in mixed martial arts. He went to Snow College in Ephraim, Utah but he missed half the season with an injury, and then transferred to Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. His sophomore season his team won the Dixie Rotary Bowl; for his performance, he earned a scholarship offer from the University of Utah. Ultimately, he decided to drop football and pursue mixed martial arts.
During his time with the UFC he earned wins over Drew Fickett, Josh Neer, and Forrest Petz.