Josh Burkman has Requested a Release From WSOF

April 4, 2014 7:41 am by Connor Woodard

Josh Burkman, one of the top welterweights in the World Series of Fighting, is apparently having issues with the promotion. Yesterday, Burkman took to twitter, saying: “I can’t work on going anywhere else unless #WSOF releases me. If so, we will start fresh somewhere else…” He clarified the statement in a brief interview with Fansided, stating:

“I have one fight left on my contract. I’m not very happy with the WSOF and I’ve asked to be released. I don’t feel it’s okay for a promotion to disregard a fighter’s contract or the fighter’s pay off a loss, but then try to fine tooth comb the same contract to hold onto a fighter off of a win. Contracts should be to take care of fighters and promotions. Not for promotions to take advantage of the fighter. I feel I need to stand up against WSOF while I can so it doesn’t happen to other fighters on the down side of things. I have no idea what the future holds until I resolve things with the WSOF.”

It is unknown whether or not WSOF will grant his request, or where Burkman (27-10, 4-1 WSOF),  would go if granted the release. However, Burkman’s stock has definitely risen while with the promotion, with three first-round stoppage wins in 5 fights. His most recent win was a first round KO over Tyler Stinson. His lone loss in WSOF came in a title fight to former champion Steve Carl.

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