You know what’s great about this age of social media? You can have instant access to just about anybody you like in the world — in or out of the public eye.
Just press a few buttons. You can learn what Bellator contender Michael Chandler was eating when his cat interrupted lunch, or which beach Kyra Gracie is taking selfies… or, just about whatever you like.
You know what’s really terrible about this age of social media? You guessed it: you can have instant access to just about anybody in the world.
That’s what fans of Josh Burkman learned yesterday, when “The People’s Warrior” issued a statement on his Twitter account that he actually threw a fight.
Burkman, who was signed by the UFC last week to fight Hector Lombard, was responding to taunts from ONE FC Welterweight Champion Ben Askren when he sent the since-deleted message.
Askren had mocked the match-up, tweeting:
Get beat up by Steve Carl then get to fight the #3 guy in the world. Makes perfect sense #ufclogic
— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) October 3, 2014
Burkman indeed had lost to Steve Carl last year, in a bout to decide the inaugural World Series of Fighting Welterweight Championship.
But he had also won his next bout, and five straight bouts prior to the loss to Carl (including a knockout of former top contender Jon Fitch). However, instead of bringing any of that up in his defense, or simply ignoring Askren (!), Burkman responded:
@Benaskren Evrybdy knws I lost that fight to get out of my contract. No 1 releases champions. Only one belt counts, that’s why ur bitter
Predictably, Burkman deleted the tweet and later said he was joking.
— Joshua Burkman (@JoshBurkman) October 5, 2014
Are you laughing?
I’m not. So, maybe I’m an “idioot.”
Seriously, what’s funny about this? Is it a joke on his current employer who expects him to give his best every time out? Or is it on his past employer, who offered him a stage on international television to ply his trade?
Or, is it a joke on the public who spent their money to see Burkman fight in the past?
Burkman is expected to fight Lombard at UFC 182 — if you’re still interested.