World Series of Fighting has been holding shows for approximately one year now, and one of the fighter’s that has come to the forefront during that time is unquestionably Josh Burkman. Not only has “The People’s Warrior” won three straight fights under the WSOF banner, but the welterweight has taken out UFC vets Aaron Simpson and Jon Fitch to lock up a title shot at WSOF 6.
Regardless of whether Burkman can defeat Steve Carl this Saturday, and lay claim to the promotion’s welterweight belt, it’s been an impressive turnaround for the vet. Since Burkman was let go by the UFC in 2008, following a three fight losing streak, he’s gone 8-1. During a recent media Burkman was asked what he credits his recent success to and the 33 year-old stated:
“After the UFC, by taking that year off, I really just changed my lifestyle. I had a back injury, and I was told by three different surgeons that I should get surgery and I shouldn’t fight anymore. I had a herniated disc in my neck. I had four bulging discs in my back. I had arthritis, and I had nerve damage. Taking that year off, I had to change everything I did about my diet. I quit drinking. I quit going out. I started going to bed earlier. I really just changed my whole life.”
It should also be noted that the only man to defeat Burkman since he exited the UFC is current Octagon competitor Jordan Mein, who scored a UD victory over him in 2011. Now it will be interesting to see if Burkman can continue the surge and win the WSOF belt. Carl also has a lot of momentum behind him and has won six straight.
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