Former World Series of Fighting welterweight contender Josh Burkman has officially re-signed with the UFC after spending six years away from the company. UFC President Dana White announced the news via Twitter.

Burkman (27-10), a veteran of the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, has not been seen inside the octagon since suffering a unanimous decision loss to Pete Sell at UFC 90 back in October 2008. He left with a UFC record of 5-5.

Since then ‘The People’s Warrior’ has put together a record of 9-2 in various other promotions, including stoppage victories over UFC veterans Aaron Simpson and Jon Fitch under the WSOF banner. In his last appearance, he walked away with knockout victory over Tyler Stinson at WSOF 9 in March. Prior to this win, he suffered fourth round submission loss to Steve Carl in their title bout at WSOF 6.

This re-signing may come as a surprise to fans as it was revealed Burkman had recently signed a new three-fight deal with WSOF after his victory over Stinson. This came after both the promotion and fighter traded shots on Twitter over an apparent disagreement regarding Burkman’s contract. The two would eventually come to terms.

Welcoming Burkman back into the octagon will be former Bellator middleweight champion turned UFC welterweight contender Hector Lombard. The two are expected to meet at UFC 182 in January.

Lombard (34-4-1), a former Olympic Judo competitor from Cuba, is coming off a very impressive unanimous decision win over former Strikeforce middleweight champion Jake Shields at UFC 171 in March. Prior to this win, fans saw ‘Showeather’ walk away with a violent knockout victory in his welterweight debut against Nate Marquardt at UFC 166 last October. He was scheduled to face Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 48 before an injury forced him out of the bout.

Before making the drop to 170-pounds, Lombard found tremendous success as a middleweight outside of the UFC, including an incredible 25 fight unbeaten streak. This streak would eventually come to an end in the form of a controversial split decision loss in his UFC debut against Tim Boetsch at UFC 149. He will enter this bout with 26 stoppage victories.

UFC 182 is scheduled to take place on Jan. 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will serve as the night’s main event. A UFC women’s bantamweight between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano is expected to serve as the co-main event.

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