Shane Burgos



Set to return in November
September 3, 2021
Burgos will face Billy Quarantillo at UFC 268 on Nov. 6, Mike Heck of MMA Fighting reports.
Burgos is coming off consecutive defeats for the first time in his career and will look to straighten things following his most recent loss to Josh Emmett in June of 2020. He'll have a tough opponent in Quarantillo, who has won nine of his last 10 fights and most recently defeated Gabriel Benitez via third-round TKO in July.
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Stopped by Edson Barboza
May 15, 2021
Burgos lost to Edson Barboza via TKO (punches) at 1:16 of Round 3 at UFC 262 on Saturday in Houston.
It was an excellent fight that featured one of the strangest finishes in recent memory. Burgos started slowly before finding the range in Round 2. He was either down 20-18 or the fight was tied at 19-19 entering Round 3. He ate right hook from Barboza early in the frame that he seemed to be able to handle initially, but Burgos stumbled backwards after about five seconds and was clearly done. It was the type of delayed reaction finish that you typically only see on shots to the liver. Burgos is an excellent boxer and has an impressive 6-3 record in his first nine UFC bouts, but he's lost two straight, and his three defeats have come against the three best opponents he has faced in Barboza, Josh Emmett and Calvin Kattar. As good as Burgos has been, the odds of him reaching that next level and competing with the best the featherweight division has to offer are small. On the bright side, the back-and-forth affair was enough to earn both men Fight of the Night bonuses of $75,000 (up from the previous $50,000 offered).
Taking on Barboza in May
March 2, 2021
Burgos will take on Edson Barboza in a featherweight bout at the UFC event on May 15, Raphael Marinho of reports.
Burgos was supposed to fight at UFC 257, but was removed from the card after Hakeem Dawodu was forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury. His last fight came back in June when he lost to Josh Emmett via unanimous decision.
Upcoming fight called off
January 9, 2021
Burgos was removed from the UFC 257 card after Hakeem Dawodu (shoulder) withdrew from the fight, Farah Hannoun of reports.
Burgos was attempting to bounce back during the Jan. 23 fight, but a shoulder injury forced Dawodu to withdraw. With two weeks remaining before the event, the promotion won't find a new opponent for Burgos, but the UFC will attempt to rebook him for an event in the near future.
Expected to face Dawodu
November 24, 2020
Burgos is expected to take on Hakeem Dawodu in a featherweight bout at UFC 257, MMA Empire reports.
Burgos will be hopping to bounce back after failing via unanimous decision to Josh Emmett on June 20. That broke a three fight winning streak and dropped his record with the UFC to 6-2. Dawodu is coming off his fifth straight victory in as many appearances with the promotion after defeating Zubaira Tukhugov via split decision back on Sept. 26.
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.