Shane Burgos on UFC 262 loss: ‘Disappointed is an understatement’

Win or lose, Shane Burgos always goes out on his shield.

In the UFC 262 pay-per-view opener on Saturday, Burgos (13-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) was knocked out by Edson Barboza (22-9 MMA, 16-9 UFC) in the third round, in what was a rather peculiar ending. Barboza landed a right hand, but it took Burgos a few seconds to react to the blow, eventually sending him to the canvas. It was a delayed reaction which even confused Barboza, a testament to Burgos’ toughness.

Burgos (13-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) took to social media to open up about the loss and his desire to take some time off, before returning later in the year (via Instagram):

“Overwhelmed by all the love and support I’ve been getting. This sport can bring the highest highs of highs and the lowest of lows. Disappointed is an understatement for how I’m feeling but it is what it is, all I can do is learn and grow from it. Gonna take some time off to spend with my wife and daughters but excited to get back in there later in the year and show a better version of myself. It was an honor to share the cage with @edsonbarbozajr it was his night and he has all my respect! Thank u to my team, family, friends and all the fans for the support. This is all part of God’s plan and I trust it. I will keep chasing greatness.. #AlwaysForward”

Though he didn’t get the win, Burgos earned his second straight “Fight of the Night” bonus, this time, a special one-off $75,000. After winning three straight, Burgos has dropped two in a row for the first time in his career.