Josh Burkman Says Jon Fitch Deserves Welterweight Title Shot
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.29.2014
He'll wait for his turn...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Josh Burkman (26-10) said that Jon Fitch deserves a welterweight title shot and he will wait for it. In a separate interview, he spoke about his motivation after his loss to Steve Carl. Tonight he will fight Tyler Stinson (26-9) at WSOF 9, which happens at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The main card airs on NBC Sports Network. Fitch, along with the winner of Burkman/Stinson, are up for the shot after the Carl/Rousimar Palhares fight tonight.
Burkman won eight of nine fights after he was released from the UFC in 2008 (due to a 1-4 losing streak), including wins over Gerald Harris, Aaron Simpson and Jon Fitch. He choked out Fitch in 41 seconds but then was choked out by Carl in a fourth-round triangle in October. Here are highlights:
On his loss to Carl: "I just had an off night. I just had some things that didn't work out," he said. "My (weight) cut was a little different. Usually after I cut weight, I get up to around 185 pounds for fight night – and I fought at 173 pounds. I don't know what happened. I just had a bad night."
On being motivated by his loss to Carl: "My loss against Steve Carl, it was definitely motivating. After you get over losing the belt and losing the title bonus, then you're just stuck with your loss. But instead of dwelling on a loss or thinking you're a loser because you lose, you have to figure out what went wrong in the fight and you fix it and get better from it. I fixed the problems and now I get a chance to go out and prove that everybody has an off night."
On Fitch getting a title shot before him: "I think Fitch deserves a shot, and I'm not going to try to leapfrog him, either. I think a win over Stinson just shows that I slipped up a little bit against Steve Carl, which is all that happened and I expect to go out and have a really good performance against Stinson. But I'm going to wait back. I want to watch the fight between Carl and Fitch, if that's the one that happens. He's next in line, and he deserves it."