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Josh Burkman - "The People's Warrior"

Josh "The People's Warrior" Burkman was born on April 10th, 1980 in Salt Lake City, Utah. After wrestling in high school as an amateur and excelling in both baseball and football in college, Josh made the fateful decision to participate in an amateur fight. Though he lost his first match, Burkman immediately began training to be a professional MMA fighter. He won his next nine amateur bouts handily, landing him a spot on an upcoming MMA tournament.

Burkman's first professional match fighting was ultimately ruled "no contest" but he still managed to catch the eye of Randy Couture, who invited him to immediately begin training with Team Quest. With the top-notch training, Burkman went on to win his next four professional fights. This not only secured his spot with Team Quest but also caught the eye of UFC organizers.

Burkman was chosen to appear on the television reality show The Ultimate Fighter which aired on Spike TV in August 2005. He performed exceptionally well and won a major upset in a bout against Melvin Guillard but had to drop out of the running after suffering a broken arm in that same fight. Josh returned to the octagon for UFC 71 but lost by unanimous decision to Karo "The Heat" Parisyan.
 

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