Dana White admits ‘mistakes were made’ after Shane Burgos signs with the PFL

dana whiteUFC President Dana White admits ‘mistakes were made’ regarding Shane Burgos’ recent announcement that he would be signing with the PFL instead of resigning with the UFC. During a recent episode of the MMA Hour, Shane Burgos announced that he would be signing with the PFL following his last fight on his UFC deal. Burgos […]

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UFC President Dana White admits ‘mistakes were made’ regarding Shane Burgos’ recent announcement that he would be signing with the PFL instead of resigning with the UFC.

During a recent episode of the MMA Hour, Shane Burgos announced that he would be signing with the PFL following his last fight on his UFC deal. Burgos is fresh off an impressive win over fellow featherweight contender, Charles Jourdain and also was also ranked in the UFC’s top 15.

Burgos had nothing but good things to say about his former promotion, in fact saying he ‘loved’ being a UFC fight, but admitted that the money would be too good to pass up on.

When it’s all said and done after the first season—obviously,” Burgos said. “I plan on winning—I’ll be a multi-millionaire.

Dana White reacts to Shane Burgos’ move to PFL

Burgos was a fan favorite and losing out on exciting fighter just entering his prime is a blow to the UFC and Dana White would admit that in a recent interview with Kevin Iole for Yahoo Sports.

Basically, there were some mistakes that were made here, some s*** that… he should’ve still been here,” White said. “We respect him very much and I wish him the best. 100 percent [mistakes were made], 100 percent. Big mistakes were made over here.

Burgos leaving for bigger money in a smaller promotion is just another chapter in the endless saga of the UFC’s issues with fighter pay, but whenever issues like this are raised, the UFC and White do not seem to care.

In a recent interview with GQ, White would double down on the fighter pay, saying that fighters are paid what they are owed.

Fighters always want to make more money,” White said. “Boxing has absolutely been destroyed because of money and all the things that go on. It’s never gonna happen while I’m here. Believe me, these guys get paid what they’re supposed to get paid. They eat what they kill. They get a percentage of the pay-per-view buys and money is spread out amongst all the fighters.

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Breaking – Shane Burgos pens deal with the PFL following completion of UFC contract

Shane BurgosFan-favorite featherweight, Shane Burgos has confirmed his departure from the UFC following the completion of his contractual obligations with the organization at UFC Long Island last month against Charles Jourdain, penning a multi-fight deal with the PFL (Professional Fighters League). The Bronx native, Burgos, who currently boasts a 15-3 professional record, departs the UFC in […]

Shane Burgos

Fan-favorite featherweight, Shane Burgos has confirmed his departure from the UFC following the completion of his contractual obligations with the organization at UFC Long Island last month against Charles Jourdain, penning a multi-fight deal with the PFL (Professional Fighters League).

The Bronx native, Burgos, who currently boasts a 15-3 professional record, departs the UFC in the midst of a two-fight winning run, most recently defeating fellow featherweight contender, Charles Jourdain in a barn burning majority decision success at UFC Long Island in July. 

Burgos, 31, confirmed his departure from the UFC this evening during an appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, explaining how the deal the promotion had fielded to him was simply too good to turn down.

Debuting in the UFC back in December 2016, Shane Burgos, who had a notable penchant for competing in his home state of New York – landed in the Big Apple inside the Octagon on six separate occasions – securing wins in each of those six outings.

Prior to his success against Jourdain last month, Shane Burgos turned in another typical exciting matchup with Billy Quarantillo on the main card of UFC 268 last November at Madison Square Garden. 

The gritty featherweight contender has managed to land five separate knockout wins to go with further five submission victories, with five decision wins also notched.

Dropping just three defeats against perennial contenders, Calvin Kattar, Edson Barboza, and Josh Emmett during his UFC tenure – Burgos also managed to score triumphs against Tiago Trator, Charles Rosa, Godofredo Pepey, Kurt Holobaugh, as well as Cub Swanson, and Makwan Amirkhani. 

Shane Burgos will join a lengthy list of UFC alums to transition to the PFL

Weighing up a potential lightweight move in the future, Burgos will join the likes of Bubba Jenkins, Brendan Loughnane, Sheymon Moraes, Chris Wade, Lance Palmer, Boston Salmon, and Kyle Bochniak should he continue in his featherweight vein. 

Dilano Taylor stops Rory MacDonald with shocking upset KO win on short notice – PFL 8 Highlights

Dilano TaylorScoring the most high-profile victory of his professional career to date, Dilano Taylor manages to improve to 10-2 as a professional –finishing former UFC welterweight title challenger and former Bellator MMA champion, Rory MacDonald with a stunning upset knockout win in the opening round of their PFL 8 welterweight semi final headliner. Taylor, who replaced […]

Dilano Taylor

Scoring the most high-profile victory of his professional career to date, Dilano Taylor manages to improve to 10-2 as a professional –finishing former UFC welterweight title challenger and former Bellator MMA champion, Rory MacDonald with a stunning upset knockout win in the opening round of their PFL 8 welterweight semi final headliner.

Taylor, who replaced Magomed Umalatov on just three days’ notice against Canadian veteran, MacDonald, got off to a bright start against the UFC alum in the first exchange, managing to switch a wrestling exchange in his favor, winding up in full guard and then fending off an armbar attempt from MacDonald.

Rebounding from a loss to Magomed Magomedkerimov at the beginning of last month, Taylor advances to the finale of the PFL welterweight tournament finale against Sweden’s Sadibou Sy, attempting to cash a cheque worth $1,000,000 — after sprining with a massive straight right hand, dropping MacDonald and following up with ground strikes to score a first frame KO success.

Below, catch the highlights from Dilano Taylor’s shocking KO win over Rory MacDonald

Ante Delija demolishes Renan Ferreira with first-round knockout to secure championship spot – PFL 8 Highlights

Ante DelijaAnte Delija showcased relentless pressure to dispatch of Renan Ferreira at PFL 8. Going into the bout as the runner-up of the PFL 2021 heavyweight season, Ante Delija was looking to solidify his place in the tournament finals with a win over Renan Ferreira at PFL 8: 2022 Playoffs at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, […]

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Ante Delija showcased relentless pressure to dispatch of Renan Ferreira at PFL 8.

Going into the bout as the runner-up of the PFL 2021 heavyweight season, Ante Delija was looking to solidify his place in the tournament finals with a win over Renan Ferreira at PFL 8: 2022 Playoffs at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales.

Delija, the protege of the legendary MMA fighter Mirko Cro Cop, kicked things off utilizing a grappling-heavy approach. He managed to inflict a considerable amount of damage to Ferreira through ground and pound in the opening round. His aggression from the top position proved too much for Ferreira, who was unable to provide an answer for the Croations’s pressure.

Delijah scored a first-round knockout finish of Ferreira.

Below, catch the highlights from Ante Delija vs. Renan Ferreira

Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg trade verbal blows following rumors of a cross promotional super fight: “Your own manager said you can’t sell a PPV…”

Kayla Harrison, Cris CyborgKayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg are two of the most popular fighters in women’s MMA. The two stars have embarked on a twitter battle sparking rumors of a potential super-fight.  Cyborg recently announced that she will be making her long-awaited professional boxing debut on Sept. 25 against Simone Silva. After hearing the news, Harrison reacted […]

Kayla Harrison, Cris Cyborg

Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg are two of the most popular fighters in women’s MMA. The two stars have embarked on a twitter battle sparking rumors of a potential super-fight. 

Cyborg recently announced that she will be making her long-awaited professional boxing debut on Sept. 25 against Simone Silva. After hearing the news, Harrison reacted on Twitter which sparked a back-and-forth between the two.

During an appearance on The MMA Hour, Harrison called for a winner-take-all fight. She also agreed to full drug testing ahead of their potential bout. 

“We can do winner takes all or we can do, when she loses, she gets to keep her purse. If she needs help getting the deal signed, I will call Peter Murray myself and Donn Davis and ask them, whatever price she wants, I will speak to them on her behalf.”

“I will go through a full USADA drug testing. I will get drug tested everyday from now until the fight if she’s worried about that and she doesn’t have to be drug tested at all. The only thing I ask is that they allow elbows.”

Harrison also reacted to Cyborg’s boxing debut and opponent. When asked about her tweets, the 32-year-old referred to the criticism she receives for fighting opponents with losing records. 

“Oh you know, the “cans”, I fight the “cans”…(Cyborg’s) fighting someone who’s 17-21 in boxing.” 

The two-time Olympic judo gold medalist is undefeated in MMA. After testing free agency, she resigned with the Professional Fighters League (PFL) in March. Her new two-year contract made her the highest paid fighter on the roster and across women’s MMA. She last fought in July, where she picked up a TKO win over Kaitlin Young to secure her second-straight PFL championship. 

Kayla Harrison has called for better competition

An interpromotional super-fight with Bellator’s Cris Cyborg would increase Harrison’s status in the sport. 

Cyborg is regarded as a pioneer in women’s MMA. Bellator’s Featherweight Women’s Champion has spent over 15 years in the sport and is 26-2 in her career. The 37-year-old has notably fought for Bellator, UFC, Invicta and Strikeforce, where she captured gold in each promotion. She recently secured a unanimous decision win over Arlene Blencowe in April at Bellator 279. 

Harrison believes she’s the best women’s fighter in the world and has called her shot against Cyborg, one of the biggest names in the sport. They each have respective bouts lined up but in the meantime, the two continue to increase anticipation for a Bellator and PFL super-fight down the line.

Photo: Anthony Pettis broke both his hands in second defeat to Stevie Ray at PFL Playoffs

Anthony Pettis, Stevie RayAnthony Pettis lost out for a second time to Stevie Ray at the 2022 PFL Playoffs. This past Friday, Pettis returned to the octagon for an immediate rematch with Ray just six weeks separated from their first outing this year in June. The former UFC lightweight champion failed to avenge his loss as he lost […]

Anthony Pettis, Stevie Ray

Anthony Pettis lost out for a second time to Stevie Ray at the 2022 PFL Playoffs.

This past Friday, Pettis returned to the octagon for an immediate rematch with Ray just six weeks separated from their first outing this year in June. The former UFC lightweight champion failed to avenge his loss as he lost out by unanimous decision at PFL Playoffs 1 from inside Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Anthony Pettis broke both his hands in the second defeat to Stevie Ray at PFL Playoffs

In their first clash, Ray managed to submit Pettis in round two via a modified body triangle. It was evident from the get-go in their rematch that Ray was looking to replicate his highlight-reel finish. Ray kept closing the distance and attempting takedowns. However, his motive to get a takedown was not targeted for ground and pound, but instead to take Pettis’ back.

Ray did well to lure Pettis into the trap but “Showtime” was determined to not succumb to the same move again. The 32-year-old Scot not only broke Pettis’ hopes of getting closer to the $1 million prize, but he also shattered his hands.

Pettis took to Twitter to share the update, writing: “2 broken hands SMH.”

Following his departure from the UFC in Dec. 2020, Pettis has gone 1-4 in his last five outings since joining the PFL. His sole win came over Myles Price, whom he finished in the opening round in May.

Although Pettis is past his prime, he continues to be a fan favorite and received a standing ovation from the arena during his walk-in. He showed signs of flair with some fast head kicks but failed to do significant damage. Considering how big of a name he still is in the sport, it’s likely he is still fighting in the promotion for the paycheck instead of the tournament prize.