Josh Burkman Feeling Pressure to Win at UFC 90

Written by Tim Ngo
August 30th, 2008

Saying Josh Burkman has been inconsistent in his UFC tenure could be an understatement. He has a 5-4 record in the Octagon, including two straight losses to Mike Swick and more recently to Dustin Hazelett. “This is a big fight for me. I’m coming off 2 losses in a row and my contract is coming up in Nov. So there is some serious pressure to win,” Burkman recently said via his MySpace blog.

Since his Season 2 appearance on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, Burkman has become one of the more well known fighters from the show, but success in the Octagon hasn’t followed.

It’s hard to complain about losing to the likes of Jon Fitch and Karo Parisyan, but Burkman didn’t look too impressive in his losses to Swick or Hazelett. To Burkman’s defense though, it could be argued that he really won the fight with Swick.

Burkman has made changes to his training for his upcoming fight with Pete Sell at UFC 90.

“I’ll do the majority of my training in Las Vegas at Xtreme Courture,” Burkman continued.

With a good showing and a win, Burkman could earn himself some bargaining chips to get a new contract in the UFC. With a loss, he could find himself out of a very deep UFC welterweight division.

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