Shane Burgos last competed at UFC 244, which would’ve been the fighter’s last bout with the promotion until he re-signed with the UFC earlier this year.
One of the biggest factors that led to Burgos re-signing with the UFC was the UFC’s partnership with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
“It’s a four-fight deal,” Burgos told MMA Junkie. “I turned down a nice offer from another promotion for even more money just because I wanted to stay in the UFC. A big thing for me, and I don’t express this too much, but the reason why I want to stay in the UFC – it’s because of USADA. A lot of promotions, their drug testing is too lenient and it’s easy to get away with (things). As much as USADA is a nuisance, it makes it harder for the cheaters to cheat. I know there are guys that are still getting away with it, which sucks. But you’re going to have the least amount of cheaters in the UFC. I truly believe that. Outside the UFC, it’s a free-for-all because you know when you’re going to get tested. So I turned down an offer for a decent amount of money so I can stay in the UFC. But I’m more than happy with the deal the UFC gave me. I’m going to be getting paid good.”
The fighter is happy to have re-signed with the UFC, but Burgos wishes the whole process would’ve taken a little quicker than it did.
“It went a little longer than I expected, so that kind of sucked,” Burgos said. “I wanted to fight early March – that way I wouldn’t have had to deal with all the corona(virus) (expletive). It was fun, but after three months of not having a deal done, I was like, ‘OK, this (expletive) is getting old – (I) just want a deal.’ I signed with First Round Management, and that was a huge part in getting this done and getting this UFC deal. Business-wise, I think it’s a smart decision. Why not test it? It gives you an idea of how much you’re really worth, too, so that’s good and I think all fighters should try it.”
There is no word yet as to when Burgos will return to action, but the fighter sits at #10 in the UFC Featherweight Division rankings.