Shane Burgos Looking to Continue His Evolution at UFC 244
By Edward Carbajal
Shane Burgos (12-1) and ranked 12 in the UFC featherweight rankings joins his Tiger Shulmann’s Martial Arts teammates at UFC 244. In his return to Madison Square Garden, he faces Makwan Amirkhani, a Finnish mixed martial artist who made his UFC debut with an eight-second knock out of Andy Ogle back in 2015. Mixed martial arts is arguably one of the fastest evolving sports in combat sports and if a fighter does not keep up with all the techniques involved, they can get left behind.
Evolution is nothing new to Burgos and Amirkhani’s highlight reel knock out is a long time ago. Burgos has been fighting since 2013 and he told Frontproof Media that he has been under the Tiger Shulmann banner since he was 15-years-old. “We've always been doing jiu-jitsu,” Burgos said of when he began training, “we just called it grappling.” That along with wrestling for takedown and takedown defense has shown why he brings a well-rounded skill set to each of his fights.
Both Burgos and teammate Julio Arce are in the same weight-class and on the same card, which is an added bonus for Burgos as he calls Arce “a stud”, when it comes to the fight game. Burgos said that Arce is one of his main training partners and added, “I'm fighting a lefty and he's a lefty. So, it's pretty funny.” While they are helping each other get ready for UFC 244, they will not be cornering one another on fight night since each man has their own tasks to focus on come November 2.
Fighting again at an arena that usually draws the attention of sports fans regardless of the sport can carry the buzz a fighter needs to make waves in their respective division. Burgos already did that when he beat Cub Swanson last May and a New Yorker winning in New York’s most famous arena could definitely help bring him further up the featherweight division.