Shane Burgos on switch from UFC to PFL: The money was too good to pass up
MMA fighter Shane Burgos revealed that the lucrative PFL offered him more than enough money to lure him away from the UFC.
The American left the Cage Fury Fighting Championships for pastures anew at the UFC in 2016. Burgos quickly made a name for himself in the stacked featherweight division, going 7-1 before back-to-back losses to veterans Josh Emmett and Edson Barboza.
The exciting Burgos - who's almost always pressing - was involved in no less than four Fight of the Night bonuses during that time.
Despite seemingly being on good terms with the UFC, Burgos revealed he would test out free agency following the end of his most recent four-fight contract. In August, he revealed that he was signing with the PFL.
Now, in an interview with MMA Junkie, the black belt revealed that the promotion made him an offer he couldn't refuse…
"I'm going to be making a stupid amount of money," quipped the 31-year-old.
"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."
After Burgos broke the news of his PFL signing in August, UFC overlord Dana White admitted an error on the promotion's part, indicating that they would have liked to keep him on the roster.
"Basically, there were some mistakes that were made here," said White.
"He should have still been here. We respect him very much, and I wish him the best."
Burgos is set to make his PFL debut on 25 November at PFL 10, where he faces another former UFC featherweight in Marlon Moraes.