Following his release from the UFC in 2008, Josh Burkman went on a 3-fight win streak. Burkman then lost to Jordan Mein in 2011, and then went on a 5-fight win streak, with 3 of his wins coming under the WSOF banner.
Burkman then had his win streak snapped by Steve Carl for the WSOF welterweight championship in October of 2013, but bounced back to defeat Tyler Stinson in March of this year.
Burkman then signed with the UFC, and will face Hector Lombard at UFC 182. Ben Askren took note of Burkman being signed to fight the #6 fighter in the world following a loss for the title in WSOF.
Get beat up by Steve Carl then get to fight the #3 guy in the world. Makes perfect sense 🙂 #ufclogic
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 3, 2014
Burkman then responded with a Tweet that has since been deleted, which read:
@Benaskren Evrybdy knws I lost that fight to get out of my contract. No 1 releases champions. Only one belt counts, that’s why ur bitter 😉
— Joshua Burkman (@JoshBurkman) October 5, 2014
SB Nation’s Luke Thomas spoke with Burkman, who insisted the Tweet was sarcastic, and that he would never throw a fight.