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Josh Burkman to retire very soon

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In the aftermath of the Burkman / Swick stinkfest, Mike Swick won the most points with me for apologizing for sucking. Josh Burkman got less for basically blaming Swick for making the fight boring and adding “ATLEAST THE PEOPLE KNOW WHO WON”, as if that fight should have been anything other than a tie.

But now Burkman is making a pretty ballsy statement, declaring that he’s not going to go to a decision against Dustin Hazelett:

“No more decisions,” he said adamantly. “I’m going to do everything I possibly can to make sure this fight doesn’t go to a decision. I’ll even retire if it does go to a decision. I can’t have them anymore.”

I gotta hand it to him, that’s tough talk coming from someone who’s got 5 of their 8 UFC fights going to decision. I also think Dustin Hazelett is the wrong person to base a retirement prediction around … the guy came out and surprised everyone by giving Josh Koscheck a truckload of trouble. In the end though, I’m not going to give him grief if the fight does go to a decision. We here at Fightlinker are just happy when fighters apologize for boring decision matches and promise to work hard to finish fights.

  • Márcio says:

    Goodbye JBURP.

  • garth says:

    that’s why kenny florian got a title shot ahead of the guy who cheated and used steroi…

    uh never mind.

  • pauli says:

    as long as they never let him out of dark matches, he can do whatever he wants.

  • Jim Brown's Long Lost Son says:

    He’s not going to decision – Hazelett by soul patch lock round 1

  • FRANKIE says:

    Hazelett’s a perfect opponent to make this promise against. Josh didn’t say anything about winning, and Hazelett’s going to choke him out well before the final bell.

  • x5BoltMainx says:

    so he wasn’t going balls out in the previous fights? he can kiss my ass forever & i still wouldn’t give him the time of day.

  • Dr. Gonzo says:

    Dustin is my jiu jitsu coach. He is slick as fuck on the ground and taps EVERYBODY. He also has a long reach and knockout power. Don’t be surprised if Josh gets choked out or knocked out in the first few minutes.