Exclusive: Shane Burgos Finds PFL To Be More Personable Than The UFC

Former UFC fighter Shane Burgos is finding it easier to talk to the higher ups in his new organization of PFL.

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Shane Burgos is very happy with his new fighting home of PFL. 

Shane Burgos made headlines last year when he decided to part ways with the UFC after six years with the organization. At the time, Burgos was one of the top-ranked featherweights on the roster. He seemed to be heading straight toward the top of the division and possibly a title shot in the near future but he decided to leave all that behind. The draw of the PFL and the million-dollar prize at the end of the season was too much to pass up. 

Now Burgos is heading into his first PFL bout at PFL 3 against Olivier Aubin-Mercier in April. He is loving the treatment he has seen so far with PFL and spoke to Middle Easy about it in an exclusive interview.

Shane Burgos is finding the treatment at PFL better than with the UFC

Burgos is more than happy with his decision to leave the UFC and join PFL. Over the past few years, many high-profile fighters have been exiting the UFC in order to find better opportunities. Now Burgos is explaining just how the treatment of the fighters is different in the Professional Fighters League. 

“I have zero complaints just to be honest and I’m not just saying that to kiss PFL’s ass and I think that really they treat me f–king awesome. They treat me really f–king well it feels almost more like a partnership,” he said. “More so I feel more like the UFC fighters are independent contractors, it doesn’t feel the same with the PFL I don’t know how to really explain it, it just feels more personable. I have personal relationships. I feel like I can talk to the to the higher-ups whenever I want like Don Davis, Pete, and all the guys that work with for the PFL. It’s a very open line of communication where I really didn’t have that much with UFC because they have a million fighters on the roster which is understandable.”

Burgos was originally going to make with PFL debut in a bout against Marlon Moraes in November but had to pull out of the fight due to injury. Now he will be moving up to lightweight to take on last year’s season winner Aubin-Mercier.

Published on March 17, 2023 at 10:01 am
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