Josh Burkman Signs Multifight Deal with WSOF, Targeted for Early Summer Fight

Hunter HomistekCorrespondent IMay 22, 2014

Josh Burkman, right, connects with a punch to Karo Parisyan during the second round of their welterweight bout, Saturday, May 26, 2007, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
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World Series of Fighting (WSOF) welterweight standout Josh Burkman has signed a multifight deal with the promotion, according to WSOF Vice President and Matchmaker Ali Abdel-Aziz.

"Josh is one of the pioneers in World Series of Fighting," Abdel-Aziz told Bleacher Report. "We're very excited to have him on this multifight deal." 

In addition, Abdel-Aziz said that the company is targeting Burkman for a card in the "early summer," although he could not confirm an exact date or opponent. 

While nothing is official right now, a fight against Jon Fitch on the July 5 WSOF 11 card makes sense for Burkman at this time. 

Fitch was originally slated to face WSOF welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares before Palhares pulled out of the fight to care for his mother. After that, Jake Shields took Palhares' place against Fitch, but Shields also dropped out of the fight due to injury, according to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani

Josh Burkman signs his new, multifight deal with WSOF.
Josh Burkman signs his new, multifight deal with WSOF.WSOF

That leaves Burkman as the most logical choice to face Fitch next. 

The 33-year-old veteran is coming off a devastating first-round knockout victory over Tyler Stinson at WSOF 9, and with his new deal, it appears the promotion has faith in him to represent the company well and to continue to perform at a high level. 

"We really love having Josh on the roster," Abdel-Aziz said. "He's one of those guys who always brings it. He's never turned down a fight, and we're just happy to have him here." 

Stay tuned to Bleacher Report as news of Burkman's next opponent surfaces.