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UFC 268’s Shane Burgos taking ‘brain health super seriously’ after Edson Barboza KO

“Hurricane” reflects on troubling knockout loss to “Junior” ahead of his fight with Billy Quarantillo at UFC 268.

Shane Burgos has taken plenty of precautions in preparation for his fight at UFC 268.

Burgos is scheduled to tangle with Billy Quarantillo on the pay-per-view (PPV) main card broadcast of UFC 268, which will take place inside Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y., this weekend (Sat., Nov. 6, 2021). “Hurricane” Shane is coming off a troubling knockout loss to Edson Barboza at UFC 262 back on May 15, 2021. Burgos absorbed a shot from Barboza and appeared to be fine; however, shortly after his body appeared to shut down over the course of 10 to 15 seconds (watch highlights).

In a new interview with MMAMania.com, Burgos reflected on the scary incident.

“I saw somebody say something about how [my] brain was too tough or mind was too tough or his body or something like that, which sounds cool — I’m going to run with that,” Burgos chuckled. “Not to toot my own horn, but I do think it was that. I remember the shot landing and I remember being like, ‘Okay, why are my legs f—king shutting down?’ I’m trying to stand up straight and my legs are just like, ‘Nah, we’re going to go down.’

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“It was a weird thing,” he continued. “I remember the shot. I had no headaches, no light sensitivity, no nausea. No real symptoms of a concussion. But I did treat it like it was a concussion, obviously, I wasn’t stupid about it. I’ve been taking my brain health super seriously.”

Burgos earned “Fight of the Night” bonuses in his last two fights against Barboza and Josh Emmett. “Hurricane” finds himself in good company with Quarantillo despite opposition from firefights like Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington 2 and Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Chandler.

“I’m in a position where I can’t really call the shots. I’m on a two-fight losing streak. This is a good match-up stylistically for me. I really do enjoy the match-up,” Burgos said. “I’m actually a fan of the guy if I’m being 100 percent honest. I have no problem being honest. His fighting style. He approaches the fight game very similar to the way I do.

“When the referee says go, he’s fighting up until the referee says stop. He’s always looking for the finish whether it be on the ground or on the feet. I’m a fan of him. He’s a fighter’s fighter and I feel like I’m a fighter’s fighter too.”

A small portion of the bonus check will go to foodie Burgos’ favorite post-fight meal: chocolate lasagna.

“That’s my go-to — it’s what I have after every fight,” he explains. “It’s basically a layer of crushed Oreos on the bottom. Then a layer of chocolate pudding. Then a layer of more Oreos. Then a layer of Cool Whip and another layer of pudding. Topped off with more crushed Oreos.”


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