Shane Burgos


Drops war to Josh Emmett
June 20, 2020
Burgos lost to Josh Emmett via unanimous decision (28-29, 28-29, 27-29) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
This was a stellar back-and-forth affair that saw both men earn a $50,000 Fight of the Night bonus. The chin on Burgos is ridiculous. He was felled twice by Emmett but still ate dozens upon dozens of massive shots and walked right through the vast majority of them. Burgos landed plenty of volume -- particularly leg kicks -- but he simply couldn't match the power strikes of his opponent. Burgos has the size (5-foot-11), hand speed and chin to succeed in brawls, but that's a risky style of fighting, and it proved costly for him here. The New Yorker has some things he needs to clean up in his game, but his ceiling remains extremely high given the fact he is still just 29 years old.
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Draws Josh Emmett in June
May 21, 2020
Burgos will take on Josh Emmett in a featherweight matchup at a yet-to-be-determined location on June 20, Marcel Dorff of MMA DNA reports.
Fresh off a new contract with the UFC, Burgos is riding a three-fight winning streak with the company. He's been a fantasy-friendly fighter to date, recording over 100 significant strikes in each of his past two bouts, resulting in an average of 7.09 significant strikes landed per minute. He'll hold height and reach advantages of five-plus inches against Emmett, who is riding a two-fight winning streak of his own. Emmett seems to have the offensive wrestling edge in this one, but given Burgos has a tremendous takedown defense of 90 percent, Emmett could have a tough time getting this one to the mat.
New UFC contract
March 29, 2020
Burgos signed an extension with the UFC on March 11, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Burgos is 6-1 under the UFC banner and is currently the promotion's No. 10 featherweight contender, but his Nov. 2 victory over Makwan Amirkhani was the final fight of his contract. In a later interview with Danny Segura of, Burgos detailed that his recent extension will be for four more fights, with his primary motivation to stay put being the UFC's anti-doping partner, USADA. Burgos says he explored free agency and ultimately had to turn down other offers worth more money, but it was the UFC's stringent drug testing that seems to have tipped the scales. Burgos is ready to fight and initially wanted to compete in March, but with the immediate event future in question due to COVID-19, it's unclear when he may make the walk to the Octagon again.
Easily handles Makwan Amirkhani
November 2, 2019
Burgos defeated Makwan Amirkhani via TKO (punches) at 4:32 of Round 3 at UFC 244 on Saturday in New York City.
Burgos entered as the biggest favorite on the card (-250) and showed exactly why. Burgos slowly found his footing following a first round in which he struggled. Blessed with a massive edge in both the cardio and power department, Burgos eventually wore Amirkhani down. Seemingly every strike he threw over the course of the second half of the fight landed, and many/most were vicious. Burgos has quickly established himself as one of the most entertaining fighters in the game today. While his one-dimensional brawling style is a bit of a concern, Burgos' elite gas tank helps elevate some of those issues. Burgos has won three in a row and is 5-1 in the UFC.
Will fight Amirkhani on Nov. 2
September 18, 2019
Burgos will battle Makwan Amirkhani at UFC 244 in New York on Nov. 2, reports.
The New York native currently holds a two-fight winning streak coming into the match with his most recent victory taking place over Cub Swanson via split decision on May 4. His counterpart, Amirkhani, has also won his past two fights including a defeat over Chris Fishgold at UFC Fight Night 153 on June 1.
Takes out Cub Swanson in Ottawa
May 4, 2019
Burgos defeated Cub Swanson via split decision (27-30, 30-27, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Ottawa.
While rounds one and two were razor thin, Burgos easily won Round 3 and that ultimately earned him the victory given the judge's scores. It was probably the right decision. He landed 147 total strikes compared to 132 from Swanson. Burgos landed the much harder, heavier shots, while a lot of Swanson's damage were leg strikes. The fact Burgos is a one-dimensional brawler is concerning, but he's tough and has legitimate power. Burgos is going to have a chance in most any fight as long as his opponent is willing to engage him in a kickboxing match. He is now 5-1 in six UFC bouts.