Shane Burgos Gives a Potential Return Timeline for Fans Post UFC 262 Loss

Published 05/17/2021, 7:15 AM EDT


UFC featherweight Shane Burgos took to social media following his UFC 262 appearance where he lost to Edson Barboza. ‘Hurricane’ Shane, who released a statement following his defeat, also provided a return timeline. Edson Barboza stopped Shane Burgos at 1:16 of the third round via KO to open up the main card.

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Chiefly, Burgos’s knockout defeat came in a rather unconventional manner, considering the way things played out. Edson Barboza, who was throwing bombs throughout the fight, landed a combination that seemed to stun Burgos. However, the strike turned out to be more lethal than initially advertised, as Burgos, who suffered a delayed reaction, staggered and slumped against the octagon fence.

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‘Hurricane’s fall left fans concerned for his well-being. In combat sports, it’s not often that one sees a fighter suffer a severely delayed reaction to being hit with a concussive blow. Usually, the effect is immediate upon impact. However, the manner in which Burgos had his lights shut out left a lot of unanswered questions.

Shane Burgos sets the record straight

Burgos, who addressed the defeat to Barboza in a classy manner, appreciated the support he received post-fight. Furthermore, he explained that he would take some much-needed time off, especially after a war. Shane Burgos has always carried himself with poise and his sentiments after his recent loss reflected that.

Shane Burgos has now been in two back-to-back wars. In each of those fights, he has absorbed significant amounts of damage. He lost a unanimous decision to Josh Emmett in June 2020 in what was an immediate candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’. Now, after getting bombed upon by Barboza, he’ll likely be away from activity for another year.

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He has scalped some quality wins in his UFC run, including stoppages over Makwan Amirkhani and Charles Rosa. However, he’ll be better served by battling with a more defensively responsible mindset. This will ensure his longevity and will help him return to the cage more frequently.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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