Shane Burgos is blown away by how much money he will make in PFL.
Burgos was a perennial contender in the UFC but was vocal in saying his fight against Charles Jourdain was the last on his deal. He said he wanted to test free agency and when he did he was blown away by PFL’s offer. With that, he inked the deal which he’s happy with the purse, and to add to that, he can also win the $1 million if he wins the tournament as well.
“I’m going to be making a stupid amount of money,” Shane Burgos told MMA Junkie Radio. “The money was too good for me to pass up. I couldn’t say no to that money. I’ve got kids I’ve got to feed. The first time I did the free agency thing they gave me an offer, and it was a great offer the first time. In my head I was thinking,
‘I’m a UFC fighter.’ At the time I wasn’t a prize fighter. This time coming around, I’m a little bit older now. I’m 31 and I’m like, ‘I’m a prize fighter.’ That’s a prize. What I’m getting paid now. That’s a prize. Then on top of that you’ve got the million-dollar tournament, then on top of that you’ve got me doing the commentating gig, which is setting me up for when I’m done competing in the sport. It was a no-brainer when you laid out all the facts into a pros and cons chart.”
Although Shane Burgos signed to be in the 2023 season, he will make his PFL debut on the Championship card on November 25 in New York. When he does step into the cage, standing across from him will be former UFC title challenger and former WSOF champ, Marlon Moraes who also signed with PFL.
On paper, having the two former UFC veterans makes sense, but when he first got the offer, Shane Burgos admits he was surprised.
“I was surprised at first but when when I thought about it I said, ‘It kind of makes sense because this is the first PFL pay-per-view,’” Burgos said. “They want to stack the card with these fights people want to see. Who doesn’t want to see this fight? It’s his first fight at this weight class and he’s a guy that is super dangerous, super explosive. Him versus me, it’s a no-brainer why they put that on the pay-per-view card like right before the co-main event. … It’s a fight you could run 1,000 times and it will never be boring.
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