Shane Burgos still bothered by PFL debut loss to Olivier Aubin-Mercier: ‘I pride myself in being an exciting fighter’

Shane Burgos’ PFL debut loss left a sour taste in his mouth.

Burgos (15-4) was suffocated by 2022 PFL lightweight champion Olivier Aubin-Mercier in their season opener at 2023 PFL 3 in April, which didn’t sit well with him. He was outpointed in a unanimous decision loss.

Burgos is known for his exciting style, but was slowed down when he failed to fend Aubin-Mercier off of him.

“I hated that last one – obviously because I lost,” Burgos told MMA Junkie Radio. “But it wasn’t an exciting fight, and that pisses me off. That really irked me. I pride myself in being an exciting fighter, being somebody the fans always want to watch. I wouldn’t want to watch that. That sucked, man. It wasn’t fun. It wasn’t exciting. Maybe the last 25 seconds were exciting, but not for a 15-minute fight.”

Burgos will look to keep his playoff hopes alive when he meets Yamato Nishikawa (21-4-6) at 2023 PFL 6 on June 23 at Overtime Elite Arena in Atlanta. Nishikawa also lost his first fight, so Burgos is banking on both men being eager for a quick finish, which should deliver an exciting fight.

“I was pissed about (the first loss), so going into the next one, I am carrying a little bit of that – but I don’t need to carry too much of it because I know the guy I’m fighting, he’s in the same position I am,” Burgos said. “We both need a win. We both need a win by finish, basically.

“So I know he’s not going to be coming into that one looking to stall, and just run the clock. I fully expect him to try and take me out, which – that’s what I want. I want that kind of fight. I want that guy that’s going to come in here try to kill because that’s exactly what I’m trying to do.”


PFL CEO Peter Murray talks Shane Burgos' loss, Jake Paul's MMA debut, Francis Ngannou, more

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Shane Burgos at 2023 PFL 3: Best photos

2023 PFL 3: Olivier Aubin-Mercier spoils Shane Burgos' debut, wins unanimous decision

Story originally appeared on MMA Junkie