Josh Burkman's Blogs

  • Beatdown: Burkman, Fitch, Moraes, Volkmann, Gaethje, Beebe By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio Network on Wednesday to host a WSOF-packed edition of “Beatdown.”

    Joining the program to talk about their upcoming fights were Carson Beebe, Jon Fitch, Marlon Moraes, Jacob Volkmann, Justin Gaethje, and Josh Burkman.

    Check it out here!

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  • Dann Stupp Joins Press Row By: Jordan Breen





    Every Wednesday, Administrative Editor Jordan Breen welcomes a member of the mixed martial arts media into “Press Row” on the Sherdog.com blog. This week, Breen is joined by MMA Junkie editor-in-chief and USA Today senior MMA editor Dann Stupp.

    With June drawing to a close, Breen and Stupp discuss the half-year-in-review through six months of 2013, examining the biggest stories and themes on the year thus far, from testosterone replacement therapy and Fallon Fox to spinning hook kicks and fighter pay. The two look at how the dominant themes in MMA this year differ from years past, what they say about the evolution of the sport and how they have moved the needle with mainstream audiences.

    Breen and Stupp also review the year's superlatives so far, weighing in on their favorite knockouts, submissions and upsets of 2013, as well as who deserves to be the “Fighter of the Half Year.”

    Grab your credential and get a seat in “Press Row.”

    The above file can be saved in MP3 format here.

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  • Josh Burkman: Criticism of Steve Mazzagatti ‘Harsh,’ But He Was Out of Position By: Sherdog.com Staff




    Josh Burkman, on “Beatdown,” discussing Dana White’s criticism of referee Steve Mazzagatti for not stopping Burkman’s fight against Jon Fitch:

    “I think Dana White’s justified. I didn’t really realize it until I just watched the video again, and Mazzagatti’s very out of place. He’s standing straight up, and that choke was pretty deep. I think Mazzagatti’s getting a little bit of harsh criticism because he was out of place, but at the same time I understand why he’s getting it because what if there was a feud there with me and Fitch? What if I really did want to hurt him or vice versa? A referee should definitely be in better places for those things, but the criticism from what I’m hearing is a little harsh. I remember Fitch was fighting, fighting and he went out pretty quick and I let go of the choke. I believe it’s a little bit harsh, but again, Mazzagatti should have been in better position considering a fighter was in that choke.”

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  • Podcast: Josh Burkman By: Sherdog.com Staff

    TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to the Sherdog Radio Network on Monday for another edition of “Beatdown.”

    Joining the guys to talk about his impressive submission of Jon Fitch at WSOF 3 was “The People’s Warrior,” Josh Burkman.

    Burkman has had ups and downs throughout his entire career. However, Friday night in Vegas, “The Ultitmate Fighter” Season 2 veteran set the bar for personal accomplishments when he choked out one of the best welterweights of all time in less than 45 seconds. Burkman joined the show to talk about his thoughts and emotions coming off of his major upset win.

    Check out the show here.

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  • Friday MMA: A TV Viewer’s Guide By: Jeff Sherwood



    Friday



    3:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao
    Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao; Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson; Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa; Jorge Santiago Gunnar Nelson; Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna; Matt Riddle vs. Che Mills. From London.

    3:00 a.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Countdown
    UFC 161 Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    10:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Antonio Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum
    Jason Rony vs. Mike Wilkinson; Daniel Sarafian vs. Eddie Mendez; Erick Silva vs. Jason High; Thiago Silva vs. Rafael Feijao; William Patolino vs. Leonardo Santos; Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Fabricio Werdum. From Fortaleza, Brazil.

    2:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 8: Not on the Concrete Dana White sits down with the Coaches to decide the 4 quarterfinal match-ups. A brutal street fight takes place in the house that has serious ramifications.

    3:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: The Ultimate Fighter
    Season 5 Episode 9: It Was a Brawl In the second quarterfinal fight Brandon Melendez (Team Pulver) takes on Gray Maynard (Team Penn).

    3:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Countdown
    UFC 161 Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    3:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: UFC Countdown
    UFC 161 Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    4:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Countdown
    UFC 161 Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    4:00 p.m. ET The Score: UFC Wired
    Joe Rogan hosts this UFC highlight show featuring some of the best bouts from years past.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Pacific: UFC Weigh-ins
    Before they step into the Octagon, they must first step onto the scale. Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    5:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC 161 Weigh-Ins
    Before they step into the Octagon, they must first step onto the scale. Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet West: UFC Weigh-ins
    Before they step into the Octagon, they must first step onto the scale. Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet Ontario: UFC Weigh-ins
    Before they step into the Octagon, they must first step onto the scale. Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    5:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet East: Weigh-in for UFC 161
    Before they step into the Octagon, they must first step onto the scale. Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

    6:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC: Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao
    Michael McDonald vs. Renan Barao; Dustin Poirier vs. Cub Swanson; Cyrille Diabate vs. Jimi Manuwa; Jorge Santiago Gunnar Nelson; Ryan Jimmo vs. James Te Huna; Matthew Riddle vs. Che Mills. From London.

    7:00 p.m. ET AXS: HDNet Fights: The Voice vs. Badr Hari
    Badr Hari discusses his controversies, mental health and reveals who he would most like to knock out.

    8:00 p.m. ET AXS: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 294 Kenny and Bas Rutten preview UFC 161; Gohkan Saki chats with Bas; a look at XFC 24.

    9:00 p.m. ET AXS: TV Fights
    XFC 24: Collision Course Scott Holtzman vs. John Mahlow. From Tampa, Florida.

    9:00 p.m. ET FuelTV: UFC Reloaded
    UFC 68: Tim Sylvia vs. Randy Couture. Randy Couture comes out of retirement to challenge for the heavyweight title; Matt Hughes and Rich Franklin.

    11:00 p.m. ET Fox Sports: World Series of Fighting 3
    Jon Fitch vs. Josh Burkman; Tyson Steele vs. Steve Carl. From Las Vegas.

    11:00 p.m. ET Sportsnet ONE: UFC Central
    Hosted by "Showdown" Joe Ferraro. UFC highlights and news.

    11:30 p.m. ET FuelTV: Inside MMA
    EPISODE: 294 Kenny and Bas Rutten preview UFC 161; Gohkan Saki chats with Bas; a look at XFC 24.

    12:00 a.m. ET FuelTV: Weigh-in for UFC 161
    Before they step into the Octagon, they must first step onto the scale. Watch the official weigh-in for UFC 161: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson. From the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Canada.

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  • Josh Burkman Eyeing Redemption



    Josh Burkman seeks redemption is his rematch with Jon Fitch at World Series of Fighting 3. The undercard streams live and free on Sherdog.com.

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  • Away from MMA, Josh Burkman Rediscovered Love for the Sport By: Sherdog.com Staff




    Josh Burkman, on “Beatdown,” discussing the changes he’s made:

    “When I got injured, I had fighting taken away from me. I had it taken away from me for a little bit over a year. I couldn’t go in a fight gym -- I couldn’t do none of it, and then I realized how much I loved what I did. Over that year I changed my lifestyle so much. I changed my diet and the way that I went about training. When I was able to get back into the fight gym, I just got this renewed passion for learning. I think that’s what keeps me so motivated is learning. There’s always something new to learn, whether it’s jiu-jitsu or wrestling or boxing. There’s always a new trick. I think when you’re learning, you’re having fun and then that makes me work harder. The harder that I work, the more that I like what I’m doing.”

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  • Podcast: Cole, Linderman, Burkman By: Sherdog.com Staff

    Jeff Sherwood rode solo Monday for another edition of “Beatdown” on the Sherdog Radio Network.

    Three fighters from this coming weekend’s World Series of Fighting card joined the show: heavyweight Devin Cole, who faces Andrei Arlovski; “Da Protege” D.J. Linderman, who takes on Anthony Johnson; and “The People’s Warrior” Josh Burkman, who goes up against Gerald Harris.

    Check out the show here.

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  • Weekend Rundown: Iceland’s Nelson Wins Eighth Straight By: Brian Knapp



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    Undefeated Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson posted his eighth consecutive victory in a featured matchup at British Association of Mixed Martial Arts 4 on Saturday, as he submitted Eugene Fadiora with a first-round rear-naked choke at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England. Fadiora, who entered the match unblemished in nine previous bouts, met his demise 3:51 into round one.

    Nelson, a can’t-miss up-and-comer in the welterweight division by most accounts, took down Fadiora, passed to side mount and weakened him with hammerfists before securing the fight-ending choke. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Renzo Gracie, the 22-year-old Reykjavik, Iceland, native finished fourth in the absolute division at the 2009 Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championships. Nelson has stopped his last three foes inside one round.

    Meanwhile, BAMMA middleweight champion Tom Watson retained his crown with a unanimous decision over Alex Reid in the main event. Watson has delivered eight wins in his past nine appearances, losing only to UFC veteran Jesse Taylor.

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