Shane Burgos’ record stays perfect within the Empire State. He can thank one hell of a chin for that.
The Bronx native, who expressed displeasure along with his performance, nevertheless managed to carry on for a majority decision victory over Charles Jourdain on Saturday at UBS Arena in featherweight motion throughout the UFC’s first Long Island event in five years. The win moved him to 7-0 in UFC bouts in his home state.
“I fought at [Madison Square Garden] thrice, and that [UBS Arena crowd] was the most effective crowd,” Burgos, who moved to Monroe, N.Y., when he was in middle school, told reporters after the event ended. “That was wild. After they said my name, and each time I’d go for the [rear-naked] choke and get it on his neck, the group would go crazy.”
Fans anticipated a clash of action-oriented strikers entering the main-card bout. But for 2 rounds, Burgos was a grappling beast and Jourdain simply couldn’t handle him. Burgos and his Tiger Schulmann’s MMA team anticipated that strategy would work.
“I knew he’d be somewhat bit tough on the feet, and he’s a lefty, in order that all the time makes it somewhat bit interesting,” Burgos said within the octagon following the fight. “I knew I had a bonus on the bottom.
Shane Burgos works a choke against Charles Jourdain during their UFC featherweight bout.Getty Images
In a nifty moment early on, Burgos pushed off the octagon to assist secure Jourdain’s back and to attack a rear-naked choke from the body triangle in the best spot of the primary round. He took the back with a standing body triangle again the next round, keeping it longer this time.
The expected war on the feet broke out in the ultimate round, however the battle was largely one-way traffic. Jourdain cracked Burgos often, besting the local favorite in significant strikes 84-26, per UFC Stats.
Burgos said the second body triangle drained him out in a way he had never previously experienced, in training or a fight, despite saying he wasn’t “squeezing.”
“That is just gonna be mental toughness and grit for these next five minutes,” Burgos recalled of his mindset before the third.
Lauren Murphy, an underdog to former bantamweight champion and crowd favorite Miesha Tate, battered the left side of the debuting flyweight’s face en path to a formidable victory by decision.
Murphy, competing for the primary time since falling by TKO to champion Valentina Shevchenko in September, had revealed midweek that she was affected by the results of Clostridioides difficile, a bacterial infection of the big intestine, within the weeks leading as much as the title fight.
After a slower opening frame, Murphy’s shots swelled up Tate’s left cheekbone, which appeared to affect her field of view for the remaining of the bout. The Long Island crowd, vociferously cheering on Tate firstly, belted out chants for “Mur-phy” by the ultimate frame.
Matt Schnell pulled off a wild comeback to select up a submission finish against Su Mudaerji via second-round triangle after, as Schnell suggested within the octagon afterward, his opponent “got drained from beating on me.”
Within the prelims, Dwight Grant, a middleweight raised in Brooklyn, dropped a call to Dustin Stoltzfus after the Pennsylvania native took control of the ultimate two rounds along with his superior grappling.