UFC Veteran Shane Burgos Signs With PFL

UFC veteran Shane Burgos has signed with the PFL.

Burgos made the announcement on the latest edition of journalist Ariel Helwani's show The MMA Hour on Monday and explained his decision to join the Professional Fighters League, with his expected promotional debut to come later this year.

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“That was the last fight of my deal,” Burgos said (h/t MMA Fighting). “I said after the fight that I wanted to test free agency, test the waters. I know what I am worth, I wanted to see what everyone else thought I was worth. So I went out there, I tested the free agency market and I’m excited to announce that I’m signing with the PFL. It was not an easy decision. It was an offer I couldn’t turn it up. I’ve got two daughters, I’ve got to go back home, I’ve got to look at them in the face when it’s all said and done in this sport. With this deal, I feel like that will secure that. Not taking anything away from my UFC career. Eleven fights in the UFC, that was a dream when I was 14 years old. I saw it for the first time on TV when I was 12 and was like, ‘That’s what I want to do.’ When I was 14 I made the decision, I started training at 15, and the UFC gave me the platform to be able to be in this position right now and then secure the deal that I just secured with the PFL. [Sean Shelby, Dana White, Hunter Campbell, Mick Maynard], all the guys at the UFC, I can’t thank you guys enough.”

The 31-year-old Bronx, New York native went 8-3 in his 11 Octagon appearances after debuting with the UFC back in December 2016 and won Fight of the Night honors in four of those bouts. He defeated Charles Jourdain via a majority decision at UFC on ABC 3 last month in his last fight for the company.

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