Featured Video Play Icon

Credit: Newsday

Shane Burgos expected ranked opponent, happy to ‘smash’ Makwan Amirkhani at UFC 244

Shane Burgos discusses his upcoming fight with Makwan Amirkhani next weekend in one of the biggest events the UFC has put together in 2019.

“Hurricane” will take on the SBG trained Amirkhani at UFC 244 next Saturday night. The event will take place at Madison Square Garden in New York and will be headlined by a welterweight “BMF title” fight between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz.

Burgos discusses the matchup, the performance of his recent opponent Cub Swanson over Kron Gracie and how that helped solidify his victory even further, being even more excited to fight at Madison Square Garden than he was last year, sharing the card with teammates Lyman Good and Julio Arce, his thoughts on the co-main event between Kelvin Gastelum and Darren Till, his thoughts on the “BMF” belt and the fight between Masvidal and Diaz, and much more.

The 28-year-old Burgos also talks about expecting a bigger named, higher ranked opponent for UFC 244 and how he plans to make a statement to get a top-15 opponent next.

“I really expected to get a ranked opponent,” Burgos told MyMMANews.com. “I can’t stress too much if a guy has a ranking or not. We’re fighting at the end of the day. The guy has a good record, he’s a good fighter and he’s got a big name in Europe. Me going out there, making a statement and getting a big finish win is going to be leaps and bounds in my career anyways, regardless if he has a number or not. I expected a number, I’m gonna make a statement and get a top-15 guy next.

“It’s gonna be an awesome fight. I think it’s going to be a one-sided fight and I plan on smashing him, finishing him as quickly as possible. I don’t want another decision. My last fight went to the scorecards and it was split decision. I’m definitely not looking to have that happen again, my heart dropped hearing how the judges scored the fight. I’m definitely not looking to leave it in the hands of the judges. All of the pressure in the world is on me. I’m the ranked guy. I’m supposed to win, he’s not supposed to win so I’m putting all that pressure on myself. I thrive on the pressure and, when the pressure’s on, I perform at my best. I’m looking to get him out of there as quickly as possible.”

Check out the full interview with Shane Burgos ahead of his UFC 244 bout with Makwan Amirkhani in the video above.