UFC 268 Update: Shane Burgos Takes on Billy Quarantillo at Featherweight

By: Jay Pettry
Sep 3, 2021

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship appears to be doing everything in its power to make its next Madison Square Garden card one to remember.

This Friday, MMA DNA first reported that Shane Burgos (13-3) will toe the line with Billy Quarantillo (16-3) in the featherweight division at UFC 268. The New York-targeted event is set to go down on Nov. 6, and this thrilling encounter will be relegated to the prelims because of its practical embarrassment of riches higher up the billing. The matchup has since been confirmed by Quarantillo on his Instagram.

Burgos, the recipient of four “Fight of the Night” bonuses in his UFC tenure including one in his last two, finds himself on the first losing streak of his career. “Hurricane” had a three-fight win streak halted on the scorecards thanks to Josh Emmett, and a bounceback performance came up short to Edson Barboza in May by knockout. The New York native posts a finish rate of 76 percent in his career, with an equal number of knockouts and tapouts to his credit.

Quarantillo rebounded from a decision defeat to Gavin Tucker in December by knocking Gabriel Benitez out in July. The Dana White's Contender Series signee from the second season rode a five-fight win streak into the UFC, and he racked up wins over Jacob Kilburn, Spike Carlyle and Kyle Nelson before meeting the aforementioned Tucker. “Billy Q” sees a finish rate nearly equal to that of his opponent, with stoppages in seven of his last eight victories.

UFC 268 will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 6, with twin title tilts atop the event. The headliner sees Kamaru Usman rematch Colby Covington for the welterweight belt, while Rose Namajunas faces Weili Zhang for the second time in a row at strawweight. The featured fight of the night comes in the form of an all-action battle at lightweight between Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler.

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