UFC’s Shane Burgos names his top five featherweights

 

Julio Arce steps on the scale at ROC 57 weigh-ins on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Photo Credit: Ring of Combat
Julio Arce steps on the scale at ROC 57 weigh-ins on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Photo Credit: Ring of Combat

 

Although he never won a professional title, current UFC Featherweight Shane Burgos (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) sat near the top of the Cage Fury Fighting Championships featherweight division before stepping into the octagon.

With Burgos competing inside the octagon, it is time for other fighters to dominate the regional 145 lbs.division.

In a recent interview with Burgos, the New York native gave his picks for the top featherweight fighters throughout the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania area. NJ MMA News will take a look at all five fighters.

Andy Main, CFFC Featherweight (11-2-1 MMA, 2-1 CFFC)

Main is the former Pancrase featherweight champion, finishing undefeated at (3-0) inside the promotion. In his last bout, Main defeated former UFC Featherweight Nam Pham by fourth-round triangle choke at Pancrase 270 Oct. 4, 2015. Competing as a professional fighter since 2009, Main earned a spot on team Koscheck in season 12 of “the Ultimate Fighter.” Main was scheduled to fight CFFC Featherweight Champion Jared Gordon at CFFC 62 Dec. 17, 2016, but injury kept both fighters out of the bout.

Julio Arce, Ring of Combat Featherweight Champion (10-2 MMA, 6-2 ROC)

Although Arce is a teammate of Burgos, his record speaks for itself. Arce is coming of a unanimous decision title win against former ROC champion Frankie Buenafuente at ROC 57 Nov. 18, 2016. Previous to winning the strap, Arce defeated Francisco Isata by second-round rear-naked choke at CFFC 60 Aug. 6, 2016. A former bantamweight champion, the 27-year-old lost back-to-back fights against Brian Kelleher inside the Ring of Combat cage. Arce is scheduled to defend his featherweight belt for the first time in a  rematch against Buenafuente at ROC 58 Feb. 24, 2017.

Bill Algeo, CFFC Featherweight No. 1 Contender  (8-2 MMA, 6-0 CFFC)

Algeo is riding a two-fight win streak with wins against Anthony Terrell and Jeff Lentz. Alego’s last defeat came at the hands on no other than Burgos himself. Burgos submitted Algeo by rear-naked choke in the second round at CFFC 42 Oct. 25, 2014. Algeo earned a first-round rear-naked choke over current CFFC Lightweight Champion Mike Pope at CFFC 37 in June 2014. Five of out of Algeo’s eight wins come by submission. In his upcoming bout, Algeo will challenge Jared Gordon for the CFFC 145 lbs. title at CFFC 63 Feb. 18, 2017.

Jared Gordon, CFFC Featherweight Champion (11-1 MMA, 7-1 CFFC)

In his last fight, Gordon moved to lightweight and submitted Dawond Pickney by second-round rear-naked choke at CFFC 60 in August 2016. He earned the belt by knocking out Anthony Morrison with a head kick in the opening round at CFFC 59 July 9, 2016. He won the strap a year after losing by third-round TKO to Jeff Lentz at CFFC 48 in May 2015. Inside the CFFC cage, Gordon defeated Jay Coleman, Corey Bleaken and Johnson Jajoute on his way to a title shot.

Mike Trizano, ROC Featherweight (2-0 MMA, 2-0 ROC)

Another teammate of Burgos, Trizano is in the earlier stages of his career than the other four picks. Trizano won the Dead Serious MMA 147 lbs. title, the same title Burgos earned as an amateur. In his professional debut, Trizano earned a unanimous decision against James Gonzalez at ROC 54 March 4, 2016. In his most recent outing, the 24-year-old submitted Raul Gonzales by a first-round rear-naked choke at ROC 55 June 2016.

 

 

Writing for NJ MMA New since 2011, Connor is passionate about covering local mixed martial arts. He graduated from Temple University’s School of Media and Communications with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. His love for MMA stems from his past as a high school wrestler and jiu-jitsu blue belt. Former UFC fighter Kurt Pellegrino coached Connor in his senior year of high school. He worked as a Rally Sports Desk report for The Philadelphia Inquirer and interned as a sports reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News.