After a difficult first round, Shane Burgos turned things around to knock Makwan Amirkhani out in the final minute at UFC 244.
Shane Burgos is a New York native who is 5-1 in the Octagon heading into UFC 244. After a loss to rising contender Calvin Kattar (the first of his career), Burgos has responded with wins over Kurt Holobaugh and Cub Swanson.
UFC 244 marks the first time Makwan Amirkhani has fought twice in a year since 2015. He’s won six of his last seven, with the lone loss coming against top prospect Arnold Allen.
Makwan Amirkhani immediately shot for a takedown, landed a punch as he pushed Amirkhani along. Amirkhani got him against the cage and brought him down. Burgos was bloodied up and was taken down two more times. Amirkhani established a guillotine but Burgos broke free. Burgos landed a solid punch and for the remainder of the round, Amirkhani was struggling to get a hold of Burgos.
Burgos landed an uppercut early in the second round and Amirkhani responded with a jab. Burgos connected with a combination, then ate another jab. Amirkhani shot in for a takedown and got Burgos down briefly, but Burgos popped back up. The fight remained on the fence as Amirkhani continued to work for a takedown. Burgos began working the body with a kick and a pair of hooks. He then stuffed a weak takedown and stood up. Amirkhani stayed on the ground and Burgos dove in with a heavy hammerfist that connected.
Amirkhani opened up the third round with a flying knee, but it didn’t do much. Burgos pushed forward and knocked Amirkhani down with a left hand. He continued to land heavy ground and pound and eventually stood up. Amirkhani was wobbly when he returned to the feet, and he was smacked with a hard head kick. Another desperate takedown was attempted by “Mr. Finland” to no avail. Burgos continued to beat him down. Amirkhani shot for another takedown and got Burgos against the fence. Burgos responded with downward elbows that caused him to go to his knees. Burgos let him up and continued the onslaught. A finishing combination landed on Amirkhani with less than a minute left in the bout. As he was falling, the referee jumped in to stop the fight.
— UFC (@ufc) November 3, 2019
Shane Burgos def. Makwan Amirkhani by TKO (Punches) in Round 3 (4:32)