Shane Burgos was not someone UFC president Dana White wanted to lose. Dana has expressed his regret for not resigning him to the UFC as Shane leaves for PFL.
After defeating Charles Jourdain at UFC on ABC 3 in July, Burgos (15-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) made the decision to finish out his contract and look into free agency. The PFL ultimately made the fan-favorite featherweight an offer he couldn’t refuse, and since the UFC didn’t match it, he has now joined the PFL.
What Dana White had to say?
White regrets not re-signing Burgos because of his admiration for his demeanor and fighting style.
“He’s not here. That was the mistake,” White told reporters, on Tuesday night. “I like the kid. Listen, do I think Shane Burgos was gonna move on and be a world champion and all this? No. But he’s fun. I like guys that come out, and they bring it every single time they fight and guys who want to perform and guys who want to win.
“Who has it more than that kid does? So I’m happy for him. I’m happy for him, and good for the PFL too. He’s a great kid and not just an exciting, fun fighter, but he’s a great person. So, yeah, good for everybody involved in that. We’re not perfect, but we don’t f*ck up often. We don’t f*ck up often, but we f*cked that one up.”
Burgos, 31, has an 8-3 record in 11 UFC fights, including victories over Cub Swanson, Makwan Amirkhani, Billy Quarantillo, and Jourdain. He finished the UFC ranked in the top 15 at 145 pounds and won the Fight of the Night bonus four times.
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