01 Jan Shane Burgos vs. Hakeem Dawodu added to UFC 257
Featherweights Shane Burgos and Hakeem Dawodu are the latest confirmed additions to UFC 257 headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2.
Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed the bout after an initial report from MMA Empire. The winter card takes place Jan. 23 at a location to be announced.
Burgos and Dawodu get back to work after mixed results in their most recent outings. Burgos took some time to reset after a decision loss in June to Josh Emmett that snapped a three-fight winning streak. The New Yorker is 6-2 overall in the octagon with three finishes in the octagon.
In Dawodu, there’s a big opportunity to rebound. Dawodu is currently on a five-fight winning streak that’s included four trips to the scorecards including a back-to-back advances by split-call, most recently against Zubaira Tukhugov.
Despite Dawodu’s resume, it’s Burgos that still resides in the UFC rankings at No. 12, no doubt due to Burgo’s wins over more well-known talents such as Makwan Amirkhani and Cub Swanson. A win over Burgos could get him the name recognition he needs to crack the top-15.
The UFC has requested a permit to hold an event at the UFC APEX on Jan. 23, though UFC President Dana White has also said McGregor vs. Poirier 2 could take place on Fight Island.