Shane Burgos Parts Ways with UFC, Signs with PFL

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Shane Burgos, UFC 268 Official Weigh-In Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

Eleven-fight UFC veteran “Hurricane” Shane Burgos is parting ways with the world’s premiere mixed martial arts promotion.

Burgos (15-3), the #14-ranked UFC featherweight, recently fought out his contract, defeating Charles Jourdain at UFC on ABC 3 last month.

That put Burgos on a two-fight win streak entering free agency, and on Monday, the New York native announced on The MMA Hour that he was headed to the PFL.

“I went out there, I tested the free agency market, and I’m excited to announce that I’m signing with the PFL,” Burgos told Ariel Helwani on the show. “It was not an easy decision. It was an offer— I couldn’t turn it [down]. I have two daughters at home, and I have to look at them in the face and say it was worth it when it’s all said and done in the sport. With this deal, I think that will secure that.”

Burgos joined the likes of Chris Wade and former Dana White’s Contender Series athlete Brendan Loughnane in the PFL’s featherweight division. The league is currently wrapping up its semifinal round; Burgos is expected to join the regular season next year.

According to Burgos, the UFC did not attempt to match the PFL’s offer.

Joining the UFC in 2016, Burgos went 8-3 in the company, winning Fight of the Night four times. He leaves the promotion off wins over Jourdain and Billy Quarantillo.