UFC books Shane Burgos – Charles Jourdain

The UFC has finalized a banger of a matchup in their featherweight division. MMA DNA was the first to report earlier today that the promotion has finalized a matchup between “Hurricane” Shane Burgos (14-3) and Charles “Air” Jourdain (13-4-1).

The matchup will take place at UFC on ABC 3 which goes down on July 16th. The card is headlined by another banger in the featherweight division between Brian Ortega and Yair Rodriguez.

After his last fight, Charles Jourdain wanted a big fight and that’s what he’s getting. The last time we saw him was in April when he stopped Lando Vannata in the first round.

The win was Jourdain’s second in a row in the UFC after he defeated Andre Ewell back in December. After the latest win, he called for a fight with Edson Barboza. While he’s not getting Edson Barboza, he is getting one of the toughest featherweights in the UFC.

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The last time we saw Shane Burgos inside the octagon was at UFC 268 back in November. Entering the bout, Burgos was looking to snap a two-fight losing streak and boy did he ever do that. He put on an absolute clinic on his way to defeating Billy Quarantillo by decision.

Prior to that win, his two losses came against Edson Barboza and Josh Emmett. Prior to those losses, he had won three straight in the UFC’s featherweight division including a win over veteran Cub Swanson.

After starting his career a perfect 10-0, Burgos has lost three of his last seven fights. However, the three losses came against Calvin Kattar and the two listed above. Only the best of the best in the UFC are getting the better of Burgos.

Now, he’s going to look to pick up his second straight win. Both men are needing a big win to try and challenge someone in the featherweight top ten. If I could give fans advice for this one, I’d say don’t blink.

After successful return at UFC Vegas 50, what’s next for Sodiq Yusuff?

This past Saturday on the main card of UFC Vegas 50, we saw a fun showdown in the featherweight division. Top prospect Sodiq Yusuff (12-2) was making his return against veteran featherweight Alex Caceres (19-13, 1 NC).

Caceres was entering the fight on a five-fight winning streak meanwhile Yusuff was coming off of his first loss in the UFC. The fight was incredibly important to both men for very different reasons.

For Yusuff, he needed to get back on track while Caceres was trying to prove that he was worth a ranking. I figured the fight would be fairly competitive and it was, but one fighter was much sharper throughout the night.

That fighter was Sodiq Yusuff. I was impressed with is ability to mix things up at UFC Vegas 50. He did a really good job of mixing in kicks and mixing in some grappling to keep Caceres guessing throughout the night.

Now, Caceres did have moments and he landed some good shots on Yusuff. However, Yusuff was just a step ahead all night and he walked out of UFC Vegas 50 with a unanimous decision victory.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 50?

As mentioned above, this was a huge win for Yusuff to get back on track after he suffered his first UFC loss last year. Now, he can try to build a winning streak and I only see ranked opponents in his future.

In terms of the featherweight division, who should the UFC pair him with next? One fighter I would look out for is Giga Chikadze. Chikadze is coming off his first loss in the UFC and he’s ranked right just a couple of spots ahead of Yusuff.

This would be a tremendously entertaining fight and an important one for the division. However, I’m not sure the UFC would give Yusuff that fight. Perhaps someone lower in the rankings like a Shane Burgos could be next.

I think they need to pair him with someone that will challenge him and someone who can bring an exciting fight. Both featherweights mentioned would do just that. I’ll be

After coming up short at UFC Vegas 29, what’s next for Dan Ige?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 29, in the main event Dan Ige (15-4) got a shot at former title challenger Chan Sung Jung (17-6). Heading into Saturday night, Ige was coming off of a 22 second knockout over Gavin Tucker back in March.

After Ige got that win, he immediately called out The Korean Zombie for his next fight. The UFC honored that request and the fight was made between the two men. So far in Ige’s UFC career, he’s been incredibly solid.

After losing his debut with the promotion, Ige won six fights in a row including a win over Edson Barboza. From there, Ige got his first headlining fight against Calvin Kattar last July during the UFC‘s first stint on Fight Island.

Ige was ultimately outboxed by Kattar in that one. After defeating Tucker, this shot against Chan Sung Jung was Ige’s chance to prove he belonged with the top of the division. However, it wasn’t in the cards for him on Saturday night to pick up the win.

While Ige had his moments at UFC Vegas 29, it was ultimately the fight of The Zombie. Jung dropped Ige at one point and really landed the more significant shots throughout. All three judges gave the fight to The Korean Zombie.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 29?

Dan Ige is now just 1-2 in his last three UFC fights, but both of those losses were in headliners where he was challenging the division’s best. Now, it looks like he’s going to have to take a bit of a step back.

In looking at the division, there are two fights that could make a lot of sense for Dan Ige next. One fight that I like is with Sodiq Yusuff (11-2). Like Ige, Yusuff earned his UFC contract via Dana White’s Contender Series.

Yusuff is just outside the top ten and he’s coming off of his first loss in the UFC. Another option for Ige could be Shane Burgos (13-3). Burgos has lost two in a row, but he’s in a very similar position as Ige. Both of those losses were against top level competition. A matchup between Ige and either of these men will really let us know where he’s at.

What’s next for Shane Burgos after UFC 262?

This past Saturday at UFC 262, the PPV opener was a fight that everyone was waiting on. Featherweight contenders Shane Burgos (13-3) and Edson Barboza (22-9) were set to fight in a fight that had fight of the night written all over it.

Edson Barboza was making his third appearance in the UFC‘s featherweight division. The dynamic striker has restarted his career at 145 after spending years in the lightweight division.

Shane Burgos was trying to stop Barboza from winning his second straight. Since making his debut with the UFC, Shane Burgos has been one of the more exciting fighters in the featherweight division.

He’s incredibly slick on the feet and he possesses a ton of power. His only two career losses heading into UFC 262 were against Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett. Outside of those two, Burgos had been perfect inside the octagon.

The UFC 262 opened fast and furious. Barboza went right to work with leg kicks and Burgos moved forward with pressure and shots to the body. Through the first two rounds, both men traded massive shots.

Entering the final round at UFC 262, I thought it was tied. With the fight up for grabs, the two men touched gloves to start the round. Barboza ended up landing a massive right hand on Burgos. Initially, Burgos took the shot well. However, his body started to feel it seconds later and he fell back for a delayed TKO loss.

What’s next after UFC 262?

It was quite the scary scene at UFC 262. In all my years of watching fights, I’ve never seen a delayed reaction like that before. We’ve seen delayed body shot reactions similar to that, but I’ve never seen a shot like that cause that kind of reaction.

Burgos was checked out by the medical staff and was taken to the hospital as a precaution. Fortunately, Shane Burgos is fine and will be resuming his UFC career as anyone else would after suffering a loss like that.

Burgos is on a losing streak for the first time in his career. Granted, his two-fight losing streak is against elite competition. In the new UFC rankings, Burgos clocked in at 13th. With that ranking, what should the UFC do with him next?

I actually like the idea of pairing Burgos up against Sodiq Yusuff (11-2). Yusuff just suffered his first UFC loss and he’s ranked 11th. Whoever would win that potential matchup would be right back in the mix to challenge someone in the top ten.

After knockout win at UFC 262, what’s next for Edson Barboza?

Edson Barboza

This past Saturday at UFC 262, Edson Barboza (22-9) and Shane Burgos (13-3) kicked off the PPV main card. For the die-hard MMA fans, this fight was one that people have been anticipating ever since it was announced.

Barboza was making his third appearance in the UFC‘s featherweight division. After spending his entire career at 155 pounds, Barboza decided to drop down to featherweight. This move came on the heels of a few losses to the elite at 155 pounds.

While many questioned the move, he showed in his first fight that he belonged at 145 pounds. He lost a decision to Dan Ige, although, the vast majority of people believe that he won that fight. He won his second fight at 145 leading up to UFC 262.

Shane Burgos is one of the toughest outs in the featherweight division. Over the last few years, Burgos has beat some tough guys and his only two losses were to Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett.

This fight had fight of the night written all over it and it didn’t disappoint. From the opening bell, these two men traded bombs through the first two rounds. Neither man was willing to give and inch in this one.

In the third round, the fight was very much up in the air. Then, Barboza landed a massive right hand. At first, Burgos seemed to take it well. However, his body started to shut down and he fell backwards. Barboza followed up to get the TKO win at UFC 262.

What’s next after UFC 262?

This win was massive for Barboza and now he’s inside the UFC’s top ten at featherweight. With that in mind, what should the promotion do with him next? Well, the opponent right behind him makes a lot of sense to me.

Ranked tenth in the featherweight division is Giga Chikadze (13-2). Chikadze is an elite striker just like Barboza and so far he’s perfect inside the octagon. He’s coming off of back-to-back first round TKO victories.

The UFC is extremely high on Chikadze and he could be fast-tracked. A matchup between Barboza and Chikadze would provide a fresh contender for the top featherweights and it would be a fight that fans would be talking about for months leading up to the contest.

Edson Barboza knocks out Shane Burgos at UFC 262

Edson Barboza

Kicking off the PPV main card at UFC 262 was a featherweight matchup between two dynamic strikers. Edson Barboza (21-9) was making his third appearance in the featherweight division as he was taking on “Hurricane” Shane Burgos (13-2).

Since making his debut with the UFC, Shane Burgos has only lost to top flight competition. His two losses have come against Calvin Kattar and Josh Emmett. The last time we saw Burgos was the Emmett fight which was one of the UFC‘s fights of the year in 2020.

Burgos was looking to bounce back from that loss tonight. He has very good hands and a ton of power, but he was going up against one of the more dynamic and fast strikers in the UFC.

For years, Edson Barboza has been known as one of the premier strikers in the UFC. Barboza spent the majority of his career in the lightweight division. During that time, Barboza only lost to the best of the best.

Last year, Barboza decided to drop down to 145 pounds. Since that move, he’s gone 1-1 but the one loss was a razor close split decision. Barboza was hoping to pick up a win over Burgos tonight which would likely put him in the top ten of the UFC‘s featherweight division.

UFC 262 Recap

Round 1

UFC 262’s opening fight kicked off with no touch of the gloves. Three massive calf kicks land for Barboza to start the striking. Huge left hand of Barboza hurts Burgos briefly, but Burgos smiles.

Burgos steps forward and lands a huge 1-2. Barboza then counters with a big leg kick and Burgos lands his jab. Burgos pushes forward and rips a left hook to the body. Another big calf kick lands for Barboza.

Barboza already wearing some damage as Burgos connects again with a jab. Nice lead left hook lands for Burgos. Spinning back kick from Barboza forces a shoot for Burgos. Burgos lands another jab and a calf kick counter from Barboza.

Pace slowing a bit with two minutes left here at UFC 262. Both men trade good jabs, but Burgos doubles up. Big body combination lands for Shane Burgos. Both men step forward and trade big shots, but a nasty body shot on the exit from Burgos.

Uppercut lands for Barboza and a counter jab from Burgos. Huge spinning kick lands and Barboza rocks Burgos. Huge right hand drops Burgos to a knee. Leg kick buckles Burgos again and Barboza is turning it on. The round ends and it’s 1-0 Barboza at UFC 262.

Round 2

Both men were feeling that first round heading into the second here at UFC 262. Burgos charges forward and immediately goes back to pressuring Barboza. Huge right hand for Burgos lands and Barboza lands another calf kick.

Spinning back kick to the body lands for Barboza. Barboza circles on the outside and Burgos lands a big hook to the body. Switch kick lands for Edson Barboza. Barboza steps forward and lands a big combination on Burgos.

Tons of blood coming out of the shin of Edson Barboza. Burgos steps forward, but Barboza counters nicely. Body kick lands for Shane Burgos. 1-2 lands for Shane Burgos. Nasty lead hook to the body for Shane Burgos. Lead hook lands for Burgos and a nice left hook for Hurricane.

The pace is really slowing for Barboza here. Both men trade jabs, but Burgos is taking over here. Spinning back kick to the body lands for Barboza. Both men trade jabs and another big calf kick lands for Barboza.

Big right hand lands for Edson Barboza. Flying knee for Barboza and a body kick follows. Barboza might be stealing the round here, but just as I say that, Burgos lands big to the body. The round closes and I have it 1-1, but it’s razor close at UFC 262.

Round 3

Entering the final round here at UFC 262 and this is anyone’s fight. The first round was Barboza’s but the second round could go either way. Both touch gloves as the final round gets going.

Big leg kicks for both men land to start the striking. Burgos is really starting to throw kicks in the second half of this fight. Good lead hook lands for Burgos and another nice kick from Burgos.

Shane Burgos is really active here early. Barboza lands a big right hand and Burgos eats it. However, it’s a delayed reaction and Burgos starts fading backwards. Burgos falls backwards and he’s out. Edson Barboza gets the win here at UFC 262.

Edson Barboza def. Shane Burgos by KO – Round 3

UFC 262 Preview: Shane Burgos – Edson Barboza

Tomorrow night on the main card of UFC 262, we are going to see a fun matchup in the featherweight division. Top fifteen contenders will battle it out as “Hurricane” Shane Burgos (13-2) takes on Edson Barboza (21-9).

This is the first fight in almost a year for Shane Burgos. The last time we saw him, he was on the losing end of a decision in his fight against Josh Emmett. Their war was one of the UFC‘s fights of the year in 2020.

That loss snapped a three-fight win streak for Burgos. Burgos made his UFC debut back in 2016 and since making his debut with the promotion he’s gone 6-2. His two losses have come against Emmett and Calvin Kattar.

Burgos has really good boxing and a solid overall skillset. However, he’s run into trouble the two times he’s faced some of the elite guys of the division. While his ranking might not suggest it, Edson Barboza is elite especially on the feet.

Barboza is making his third appearance in the UFC‘s featherweight division after spending his career at lightweight. So far, he’s 1-1 with a loss to Dan Ige although many believe that Barboza won that fight.

Barboza is just 3-5 in his last eight fights. However, the losses were to Dan Ige, Paul Felder, Justin Gaethje, Kevin Lee, and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Some of the best in the sport. During that stretch he also holds TKO victories over Beneil Dariush and Dan Hooker.

The last time we saw Barboza was on Fight Island against Makwan Amirkhani. He picked up the win and the UFC gave him a new contract after the fight was over. Barboza is looking for a big win tomorrow night.

UFC 262 Prediction

As mentioned, Shane Burgos has really good hands and he does have some power. We’ve seen Barboza get hurt on the feet before so Shane Burgos’ power is definitely something to watch out for at UFC 262.

When thinking about this fight, I keep going back to where Burgos has struggled. He’s struggled against guys who could beat him to the punch and guys who outstruck him. I would be shocked if Burgos completely outstruck Barboza at UFC 262.

I believe tomorrow night the kicks are going to play a huge factor in the fight. Barboza is one of the best kickers in the business and I think he shows off tomorrow. I’m expecting a signature featherweight win for Edson Barboza at UFC 262.

Prediction: Edson Barboza by TKO – Round 2

After a quick win at UFC Vegas 25, what’s next for Giga Chikadze?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 25, Giga Chikadze (13-2) competed in the co-main event against Cub Swanson (27-12). It was a huge opportunity for Chikadze who was looking to take that next step in his UFC career.

Chikadze stepped into the cage on Saturday night riding a seven-fight win streak. In addition, he was a perfect 5-0 inside the octagon. Having started out that well, a win over Cub Swanson would vault Chikadze in the UFC‘s featherweight division.

Immediately when the fight started, we saw why there’s a ton of hype surrounding Chikadze. He came forward with vicious kicks and his striking looked incredibly fast. You got the feeling that Cub Swanson could be in some trouble at UFC Vegas 25.

Then, just about a minute into the first round, Chikadze landed a massive body kick that crumbled Swanson. Chikadze looked hesitant to attack because he could tell that the fight was over. However, he went in for the kill.

Chikadze followed up with a few shots and the ref called a stop to the action. This win improved Chikadze to 6-0 in the UFC and he just netted the biggest win of his career.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 25?

Given his frame and his style of striking, Chikadze can be a huge problem in the UFC’s featherweight division. After the fight was over, Chikadze said that it would be a dream to fight Max Holloway, but he would settle for Calvin Kattar next if possible.

Calvin Kattar could be an option, but I think the UFC goes in a different direction. One possibility could be paring Chikadze up with Arnold Allen (17-1). Allen had competed a few weeks earlier and won a decision over the talented Sodiq Yusuff.

Like Chikadze, Allen is also unbeaten inside the octagon. Allen has gone 8-0 since making his debut in the UFC and he’s currently ranked seventh in the division. If the UFC wants to see which prospect is ready for the top five, they can pair those two up.

Another option would be the winner of the UFC 262 matchup between Shane Burgos (13-2) and Edson Barboza (21-9). Whoever wins that matchup next weekend would be another great option for Chikadze next.

I don’t know about you, but Chikadze against any of those options makes for a sensational fight. I’m a huge fan of Chikadze and I think he’s going to be a major player in the UFC’s featherweight division for years to come.

After suffering his first UFC loss, what’s next for Sodiq Yusuff?

This past Saturday at UFC Vegas 23, Sodiq Yusuff (11-2) and Arnold Allen (17-1) went head-to-head in the co-main event. This featherweight matchup paired up two of the division’s most exciting prospects.

Both of these contenders entered the octagon on Saturday unbeaten in the UFC. They were ranked 10th and 11th in the division. Whoever won was poised to take a step up in competition against some of the best in the featherweight division.

The fight at UFC Vegas 23 was extremely competitive. Both men had their moments and Yusuff did some solid work in the fight. However, there were two big moments in the first couple of rounds that swung the fight.

In the first and second rounds, Arnold Allen was able to land big shots that dropped Yusuff. While the striking numbers were extremely close overall and actually favored Yusuff, these two moments swung those two rounds.

Had Yusuff not been dropped, there is a strong chance he could have won a decision at UFC Vegas 23. He won the third round on all three scorecards, but all three judges gave Allen the first two rounds. Allen remained unbeaten inside the octagon while Yusuff suffered his first UFC loss.

What’s next after UFC Vegas 23?

This was a tough loss for Yusuff because it was such a close fight. However, with the way he lost at UFC Vegas 23, it’s not going to set him back a ton. In my opinion, the loss was more of a speed bump opposed to completely throwing him off course.

With that in mind, what’s next after UFC Vegas 23? For “Super” Sodiq’s next matchup, my attention turns to a featherweight contest that takes place in May. At UFC 262, Edson Barboza (21-9) and Shane Burgos (13-2) will battle it out.

Both of these contenders rank just below Yusuff in the UFC rankings as of today. I think the perfect next fight for Yusuff would be taking on the loser of that matchup. I don’t think the loser of that fight loses much ground just like Yusuff didn’t lose much ground.

Given the styles of all parties involved, I believe either man against Yusuff would be a fight that fans would be excited for. Time will tell what the UFC decides to do, but I would be shocked to see Yusuff get paired with the loser of that matchup.

UFC books Edson Barboza – Shane Burgos

Edson Barboza

Just this week we learned that Edson Barboza (21-9) had signed a new deal with the UFC. After being frustrated for a couple of months with the promotion, Barboza was able to come to terms on a new deal that’ll keep him in the UFC for several more fights.

The promotion had already been working on Barboza’s next matchup when the deal was agreed to. There had been rumors out there about potential matchup and now we know exactly who Edson Barboza will be fighting and when.

Combate was the first to report that the UFC was booking Edson Barboza against Shane Burgos (13-2). The matchup will take place at UFC 252 which occurs on May 15th. It will be Barboza’s third matchup at featherweight.

Barboza has always had championship potential. One of the flashiest strikers in the UFC with incredible power and speed. However, he’s always ran into roadblocks at lightweight on his journey to a title.

Barboza decided to drop down to 145 pounds last year. He made his debut back in May of 2020 at featherweight and lost a razor thin split decision to Dan Ige. He followed that up by defeating Makwan Amirkhani and now he’s in the UFC‘s top 15 at featherweight.

Fun matchup at UFC 262

Barboza is currently ranked 14th and his next opponent comes in at 12th in the UFC’s featherweight rankings. Shane Burgos has been sensational since he joined the promotion back in 2016.

Since signing with the UFC, only two men have defeated Burgos and they’re both top contenders at featherweight. Outside of those two losses, it’s been smooth sailing for Burgos and that includes a decision win over veteran, Cub Swanson

Burgos always brings the fight and he showed that in his last fight against Josh Emmett. While he didn’t get his hand raised, the fight was on the shortlist of Fights of the Year for the UFC in 2020. This matchup between Barboza and Burgos promises to be fireworks on May 15th.