Although Josh Burkman had won four straight fights heading into WSOF 3 earlier this year, which included a stoppage win over Aaron Simpson, the welterweight didn’t start capturing serious headlines until he choked out Jon Fitch in June. Considering Fitch was long regarded to be one of the UFC’s top welterweights and fighters period, it was a pretty, pretty big deal for “The People’s Warrior.”

So, as a result of his recent run Burkman’s been tapped to fight Steve Carl at WSOF 6 this Saturday, in a bout that will determine the rising promotion’s first ever welterweight champ. If Burkman wins, it will be the latest accomplishment he’s recorded since he was let go by the UFC back in 2008, following a three fight losing streak. In a media call this week to promote Saturday’s WSOF card, the 33 year-old was asked what he attributes his recent success to.

“After the UFC, by taking that year off, I really just changed my lifestyle. I had a back injury, and I was told by three different surgeons that I should get surgery and I shouldn’t fight anymore. I had a herniated disc in my neck. I had four bulging discs in my back. I had arthritis, and I had nerve damage. Taking that year off, I had to change everything I did about my diet. I quit drinking. I quit going out. I started going to bed earlier. I really just changed my whole life.”

Since Burkman dropped a UD loss to Pete Sell at UFC 90, he’s gone 8-1 and his only loss during that stretch came via decision to current UFC welterweight Jordan Mein. Now it will be interesting to see how he does against Carl, who has won six straight fights. All six of the victories have come via first round submission, and eight of his last 10 wins have been by tap-out. That’s quite the submission rate.

WSOF 6 will be hosted by the Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Florida, and the main card will be broadcast throughout the U.S. live on the NBC Sports Network.

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