Shane Burgos is not going anywhere.
The rising featherweight contender signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC earlier this month after fighting out his contract at UFC 244 this past November, as first reported by ESPN.
With a stoppage win over Makwan Amirkhani, the 29-year-old Burgos (13-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) is now ranked No. 10 in the UFC’s official 145-pound rankings and finds himself on a three-fight winning streak, which includes a notable victory over veteran Cub Swanson.
Burgos said he’s happy he stayed with the UFC, and said the promotion’s anti-doping partner, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, was a big reason why he re-signed.
“It’s a four-fight deal,” Burgos told MMA Junkie. “I turned down a nice offer from another promotion for even more money just because I wanted to stay in the UFC.
“A big thing for me, and I don’t express this too much, but the reason why I want to stay in the UFC – it’s because of USADA. A lot of promotions, their drug testing is too lenient and it’s easy to get away with (things). As much as USADA is a nuisance, it makes it harder for the cheaters to cheat. I know there are guys that are still getting away with it, which sucks. But you’re going to have the least amount of cheaters in the UFC. I truly believe that.
“Outside the UFC, it’s a free-for-all because you know when you’re going to get tested. So I turned down an offer for a decent amount of money so I can stay in the UFC. But I’m more than happy with the…