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Ex-UFC welterweight Josh Burkman victorious at “Throwdown Showdown 5″

Josh Burkman

Josh Burkman

Former UFC welterweight prospect and “Ultimate Fighter 2″ alum Josh Burkman (19-8 MMA) recently returned from a year layoff and posted a TKO stoppage victory during this past weekend .

Burkman’s victory came during the first round over “Ultimate Fighter 5″ alum Brandon Melendez (22-15 MMA). The bout headlined “Throwdown Showdown 5″ in Utah on Nov. 20.

The win over Melendez snapped a three fight losing streak for Burkman, who had not won a bout since a 2007 decision over Forrest Petz at UFC 77.

Burkman burst onto the UFC scene in 2005 and quickly turned heads in the welterweight division by posting a 4-1 record. The success soon died out after consecutive losses  to Mike Swick, Dustin Hazelett, and Pete Sell.  This string of losses prompted Burkman to leave the UFC and take a sabbatical from MMA.

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