Josh Burkman Returns to the Octagon to Face Hector Lombard at UFC 182

October 3, 2014
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Former World Series of Fighting title challenger Josh Burkman is making his return to the UFC.

UFC president Dana White on Friday announced the signing, revealing that Burkman would make his return on Jan. 3 at UFC 182, where he will face Hector Lombard.

Burkman (27-10) was 5-5 during his first run through the UFC, but has since gone on to win nine of his 11 bouts outside of the Octagon. He was one of the WSOF’s original signings, and made a run at the welterweight belt, upsetting Jon Fitch before losing to Steve Carl in a battle for the belt.

Josh BurkmanBurkman faces no easy task upon his return to the Octagon. Lombard (34-4-1, 1 NC) is currently the No. 6 ranked welterweight in the UFC. The promotion had been angling for a bout between Lombard and third ranked Tyron Woodley for its return to Sydney, but Woodley didn’t want it.

Lombard has defeated Nate Marquardt and Jake Ellenberger since dropping from middleweight down to 170 pounds.

The UFC 182 fight card is shaping up to be a stellar start to the year for the UFC. Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier is already slotted in as the headliner, with Ronda Rousey vs. Cat Zingano as the likely co-main event.

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  • Darin

    Burkman is legit but dang, really throwing him to the wolves here.

    • taylor2008

      I agree. Welcome back to the UFC.

  • wankserieoffaggot

    Clearly wsof must be ufc affiliated. Even a fighter still under contract, they would allow once big brother comes asking. Pls dont say you’re not a ufc feeder promotion when everything points to that you. Anyone thinking wsof is a big promotion is living in a fantasy land and when they start doing ppv, those same idiots would give away their money to watch worthless none entertaining shows for a grindout finish.

  • drkdisciple

    Was hoping for Lombard vs Matt Brown, this fight is as meaningless as Rory vs Saffiedine.

    • uncle

      Lombard vs Matt Brown would of been classic, even Rory vs Lombard
      makes more sense.

  • uncle

    Lombard is dangerous

  • TheCerealKiller

    They are obviously not letting any of the top 5 fight each other so they can line them up for title fights. MacDonald will get the winner of Hendricks/Lawler, then probably Woodley, then Lombard and so on. Unless Saffiedine and Burkman spoils the whole thing.

    • snapdad

      I think you’re right. burkman has no business fighting Lombard. this is just a way to keep fighters in the top 5 looking good.

      • Seth

        From what we hear UFCs Welterweights aren’t exactly jumping to the first row to fight Lombard, so here it may be more case that they need SOMEONE to fight Hector :/

  • Jerm137

    You mean jake shields, I assume.

    • Kris-tyahn

      Yes & NOT Ellenberger, I was thinking the same thing. Either that or when did that fight occur? B/C it wasn’t in the UFC!

  • Kris-tyahn

    Maybe Brown will fight Condit since they were supposed to have fought a while back. I don’t think Brown or Condit have an opponent, is Condit even training yet?

    • Seth

      Didn’t he tear his ACL against Woodley? I doubt he’s training already… o:

  • taylor2008

    Why is Burkman in the UFC when Steve Carl beat him? I dont see Burkman beating Lombard, but I could be wrong. I think Hector will steamroll through him. But I would like to see an upset.

    • Seth

      Maybe Carl is tied with his contract with WSOF or something? o: Not always promotors are willing to part ways with some guys, so maybe WSOF wanted to keep him, or something like that?

  • Seth

    Not many guys want to Hector, so they prolly just need SOMEONE to fight him. But hey, I don’t blame anyone here. Its prolly not best way to spend an evening to see Hector in front of you, ready to throw down…