Welcome back fight fan and what a treat we have today!!!! Former CFFC champ and undefeated UFC star on the rise Shane Burgos (8-0) found the time to sit down with us here at ArtofMMA.com! Shane is coming off a huge UFC debut where we saw him take a decision victory over Tiago Dos Santos e Silva at UFC Fight Night 102 (UFC Albany). He now prepares for a showdown at UFC 210! So take a minute to get over to Twitter and follow him @hurricaneShaneB and get ready to once again meet the man behind the gloves!
Welcome back Shane! Man, you have been all over since the last time we spoke and you FINALLY got that call to jump up to the UFC. Talk to us about how it was getting that call and what sort of emotions did you go through? Did it change the way you trained with the mindset knowing you were on the biggest stage in MMA?
Shane: Thanks for having me back! There was a whirlwind of emotions I went through when I first found out I had gotten the fight. All the years of work I had put in paid off and I felt a sense of satisfaction, but didn’t let myself get too happy or satisfied until I got the job done and won the fight. I wouldn’t say it changed my mindset for training too much though because I only had two weeks to really prepare for it.
Yeah, when that got announced I was pumped for you. Then I saw how short it was, glad you got it done! So you made the debut at UFC Fight Night 102 (UFC Albany) and take the decision win over Santos e Silva. Talk to us about that entire experience leading up to the fight, then getting the win via decision. Were there any new butterfly’s going into that fight?
Shane: Surprisingly, the whole process leading up to the fight and the entire fight week was really comfortable! The UFC staff made me feel at peace with providing anything I needed at all. I had a strong feeling that I was where I belonged and had no butterflies or nerves at all! I felt that the stars were aligned for me and I saw no other result except for victory! It was probably the most comfortable I’ve ever been in a fight.
Yeah I can see that. You were always in shape in your CFFC days and knew exactly what you were doing, nothing seemed to rattle your cage. So speaking of your CFFC days, looking in retrospect, in what ways did the CFFC get you ready for that step up?
Shane: The CFFC I believe helped a lot with preparing me for the cross over to the UFC. Especially with having Burt Watson for the past year or so. They’re an extremely well run organization and every one of their shows feels like a big deal. I could see some fighters who fight in little shows to get those jitters for their UFC debut but like I said I was prepared for that from fighting with CFFC for the past couple years.
Just another way the CFFC rules! What type of advice would you give guys like Sean Santella, Jared Gordon and Zu Anyanwu who are still in the CFFC waiting on that phone call?
Shane: I couldn’t give any of those guys advice, I don’t want to come off like I’m trying to teach them something or telling them what to do. They’re all veterans and great fighters and will definitely be in the UFC one day. All they gotta do is what they’ve been doing and that’s winning.
Definitely understand that answer! So now you are booked to appear at UFC 210 and face 11-2 Charles Rosa. When you look at him and his submission game on tape what do you see? How do you see this bout going?
Shane: He’s a good fighter. I think he’s pretty well-rounded and I’m hoping to put on a great fight for all my friends and family! Hopefully he wants to stand with me but I see him trying to tie me up and take me down so it’ll be interesting to see how the fight goes. Either way I’m ready, on the feet or on the ground, I’m ready to win and get back to finishing fights.
Yeah I won’t lie, it was weird watching you go to decision but a win is a win and you can’t discount any of those! Now UFC 210 is in Buffalo which is a short drive for that awesome fan base of yours. Can we expect a return of those fans of ours and how nice is it having the home field advantage?
Shane: Like I said before, I’m looking forward to putting on a show for all my friends and family. I expect to pack that place! I definitely take fighting in my home state as an advantage. It makes it a lot easier for everyone to come out and support. But if I was fighting on the other side of the world I would still have a large group there for me, I’ve got an awesome support system behind me!
Couldn’t agree more, we have spoken at length in the previous interview about how awesome your fan base is!!! How has this jump up in your career changed not only your MMA life but your life outside of the cage?
Shane: This jump up to the UFC has been huge obviously for my career but also for my life in general. I’m having a baby any day now and I’m a lot more financially stable having had that fight in Albany. It’s a great feeling and I’m happy I reached this stage before my daughter gets here. I’ve got a new motivation to fight and win and I’m gunning for one of those performance bonuses for this fight!
AHH! That is right! The girl is on the way and congrats from all of us here at ArtofMMA! Okay… bonus round: So play match maker, if you could pick who Shane Burgos faces next who would it be and why?
Shane: I would never overlook an opponent so I can’t let myself think of who’s after Rosa. He’s next and my focus is solely on beating him.
And that’s what makes you one of the best! Ok we know your time is precious with baby proofing and preparing for 210 so before we let you go are there any people or sponsors you would like to mention?
Shane: Thank you to my whole team, training partners, coaches, friends and family! And thank you to my sponsors NutraBio and Tigear Fight Gear. I appreciate the support from everyone, it never goes unnoticed!
There you have it folks, perhaps the best big thing in not only the UFC but in MMA, “Hurricane” Shane Burgos! Make sure to get on all social media platforms and follow him as he is a great guy in and out of the cage, and make sure to wish him good luck with the baby on the way!