Burkman entered the UFC coming of TUF with a slam KO win over Sammy Morgan in 2006 and would go on to amass a 5-6 Record in his first UFC stint fighting guys like John fitch (sub loss), Dustin Hazelett (FOTN sub loss), Karo Parisyan (decision loss) & Drew Fickett (SUB win). After being cut he went 5-1 in smaller promotions with his lone loss coming by decision by future strike force standout Jordan Mein. Out of no where Burkman had a career revival beating Gerald Harris (decision), Aaron Simpson (KO), Jon Fitch (SUB) & Tyler Stinson (KO), with his lone loss being a back and forth title fight against Steve Carl (sub loss). However since being signed to the UFC in his second stint he has gone 1-7 (1) and is currently on a 5 fight skid. Anyone else would have been released a while ago but Burkman still remains.