Philadelphia native Nah-Shon Burrell showcased some his potential Saturday night at UFC 160, but it still resulted in a loss to Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.
Burrell showcased how strong he was during the loss by withstanding some tough shots from Thompson, but not doing enough damage on the scorecards eventually hurt him in his second fight on the UFC stage.
"I don't really know what to say," Burrell said after the fight. "There were things that we trained that I was supposed to be doing out there, but I couldn't put it together."
Thompson proved to be a tough challenge for Burrell and looked like the more skilled fighter in the cage. However, Thompson became very fatigued in the final round, which opened the door for a trailing Burrell to put an end to the fight.
Unfortunately for Burrell, he failed to capitalize.
"I just had a tough time getting from the outside to the clinch and maintaining my grip," Burrell said. "I'll be back better."
The loss drops Burrell to 9-3-0 in his brief mixed martial arts career. Thompson improved to 7-1.
"It was a good fight," Thompson said. "I went out there and got past the jitters. I think I had a strong first round and I wanted to showcase my wrestling a little bit, which I think I did pretty well."