Josh Burkman Hoping To Make WSOF Welterweight Belt Relevant
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.24.2013
He has to win it first...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Josh Burkman (26-9) said that his WSOF welterweight title fight is a chance to make the belt relevant. He will fight Steve Carl (20-3) at World Series of Fighting 6 from the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida on Saturday.
On helping WSOF gain popularity: "I think at this point, I'm the only top-10 welterweight that's not in the UFC besides Ben Askren. It puts me in a unique position with business, with sponsorships and now the chance to win a title in an organization that is up and coming. I have the chance to make that belt relevant in the mixed martial arts world, and I'm excited about that."
On his opponent: "Steve Carl presents some challenges other opponents haven't presented to me, and I need to go in there and figure them out. He's got a lot of submissions, a lot of first-round finishes, and he's obviously dynamic and can finish a fight at any time. He's got a unique style that's going to challenge me a lot."
On the opportunity WSOF is giving him: "It's a good position, especially at this point in my career. I came into this organization, and I was really under the radar. … When I signed with World Series of Fighting, I made it clear to them that I wanted the toughest opponents that they could put in front of me, and I can prove that I'm one of the top fighters in the world again."