Alliance MMA prospect “Hurricane” Shane Burgos is getting his shot in the UFC on December 9th at UFC Fight Night Albany. The Tiger Shulman product has long awaited a chance to prove himself on the sport’s biggest stage. His most recent knockout victory over Jacob Bohn at CFFC 56 put Burgos on the UFC’s radar, and now his time has come.
This past week Zubaira Tukhugov was flagged for a potential USADA violation, which left Tiago "Trator" dos Santos e Silva without an opponent. Undoubtedly in a pinch, the UFC has turned to Burgos to replace Tukhugov and face off with the Team Nogueira fighter.
Burgos is coming off a long layoff fighting just once this year as he has struggled to find an opponent since February. In fact, multiple fights fell through for Shane this year, but he says the wait was well worth it.
"I feel like everything happens for a reason and the stars are aligned. This fell into my lap and now it's my time to seize the moment. I've never taken a short notice fight before, but an opportunity like this can come just once in a lifetime."
Burgos will join fighters like Paul Felder, Charlie Brenneman, and Darrell Horcher as yet another CFFC star to make the move up to the UFC. The 145-pound division is without a doubt one of the toughest in the sport, but Burgos has faith that his talent and determination will one day lead him to the top.
"Hurricane Shane" pointed out that although his scheduled fight in October with CFFC got cancelled, it still kept him in the gym.
"I was training for that fight, and then I only took like a week and a half off from training. Now I'm right back into it. I'm in shape and ready to do this."
Possessing a record of seven wins and zero losses, Burgos has shown tremendous finishing ability putting away each opponent he’s faced in under two rounds. His means of victory are not one-dimensional either. Shane has four submissions and three knockouts under his belt, each more impressive than the last.
Burgos says he will surely use what he's experienced under the Alliance MMA banner to help calm the nerves of being under the bright lights.
"Every time I've fought for CFFC it's been a big show and I've felt the pressure. That's going to help me stay mentally prepared leading up to fight week and when I'm backstage about to go out there."
When asked about Thiago Trator, Burgos did not shrug off his opponent’s veteran savvy, but he still expects to dominate.
“He’s a good fighter. I think he is solid everywhere and he definitely has a lot of experience, but I think I’m better in every facet. I feel like on any given day I can beat anybody in the world. I truly think I'm one of the best.”
Burgos was adamant on how important it was for his UFC debut to be in his home state of New York.
“I have a lot of friends and family here that support me and I have to represent. He’s coming into my home, my territory, and I am not leaving there with a loss.”
Burgos is the perfect example of what can come from fighting for Alliance MMA. He was given a platform, and he put on a spectacular performance each time he entered the cage. As a result, he caught the eyes of the UFC and is now achieving his dreams fighting on the sport's biggest stage.
Shane Burgos’ debut will be the one of the first fights at UFC Albany, and can only be watched here through UFC Fight Pass.