Josh Burkman signed a contract with WSOF and doesn’t plan on leaving for anyone, even UFC.
With is upset against for UFC title challenger Jon Fitch at the World Series of Fighting 3’s main event this past weekend, he’s not heading back to the UFC anytime soon, or anywhere else for that matter.
Burkman is 3-0 with WSOF against Fitch, Aaron Simpson and Gerald Harris. Since he was released from UFC back in 2008 his record is now 8-1, plus an honorable mention slot in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAJunkie.com MMA Welterweight rankings.
This coming from his 41-second guillotine choke over Fitch this last weekend in Las Vegas.
Burkman’s record in the UFC wasn’t anything special (5-5) from 2005-2008, but recently the fighter has gotten back on their radar. After the bout with Jamie Yager he had a chat with Joe Silva.
“I have three fights left (on my WSOF deal), and I have no plans on getting out of my contract or trying to go anywhere. I’m very happy where I’m at. After the Yager fight, my goal was to get back to the UFC. I was talking to Joe Silva. Me and Joe still have a good relationship. After my victories, he tells me congratulations. So they’re watching and paying attention also… (But) I have a contract. I signed a contract, and I’ll uphold my contact. If the UFC did come calling, I would talk to Joe like we always talk and tell them I have a contract and this is where I’m at.”
Burkman just has to keep winning to keep WSOF’s loyalty. Everyone knows that promotions love winners. He’s guaranteed a title shot with WSOF, Steve Carl is the leading candidate to challenge him, but there could be a change with all of that. WSOF has also danced around the idea of making it tournament style to determine the opponent.
Burkman will be there either way because he wants to grow with the organization. He wants to win the title and get the WSOF name out there.