Nah-Shon Burrell comes out of retirement, faces Micah Terrill at XCC 28

Micah Terrill inside the SHogun Fights cage. Photo Credit: Shogun Fights.

Former UFC and Bellator veteran Nah-Shon Burrell (14-6 MMA, 1-1 XCC) is coming out of retirement to face current Shogun Fights Welterweight Champion Micah Terrill (10-6 MMA, 0-0 XCC) at Xtreme Caged Combat 28 inside the National Guard Armory in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 23, 2017.

Burrell’s last bout occurred in the middleweight division on July 9, 2016. He dropped a unanimous decision to “The Ultimate Fighter” season 19 contestant Tim Williams at Cage Fury Fighting Championships 59.

His defeat to Williams snapped a three-fight win streak where he beat Dustin Long, Chris Curtis and Ryan Dickson.

He fought four times inside the Strikeforce cage before the promotion’s roster transferred over to the UFC. In his octagon debut, Burrell defeated Yuri Villefort by unanimous decision at UFC 157 on Feb. 23, 2013.

In his following bout and last fight inside the octagon, he dropped a unanimous decision at UFC 160 to Stephen Thompson May 25, 2013.

At 27-year-old, Burrell will enter the XCC cage for the third time. It is his first appearance since losing a unanimous decision to Curtis on Oct. 1, 2010.

Terrill capture the vacant Shogun Fights 170 lbs. belt by finishing Chauncey Foxworth with a first-round TKO on April 8, 2017. The outcome is quite familiar for the Maryland native.

He finished his last four opponents, knocking out Foxworth, Bobby Flynn, Jason Brown and Brett Shoenfelt. His last defeat came from Jon Delbrugge on April 16, 2016.

He tapped to a rear-naked choke in round 2 at Shogun Fights 14. The 33-year-old is ranked as the No. 6 welterweight in the Northeast according to Tapology.

Burrell vs. Terrill is the third professional bout added to the card. Current XCC Lightweight Champion Rob Watley (7-1 MMA, 1-0 XCC) will defend his title for the first time when he meets current Ring of Combat 155 lbs. title holder Bradley Desir (9-5 MMA, 0-0 XCC) in the XCC 28 main event.

In the evening’s co-main event, Chris Birchler (6-2 MMA, 0-0 XCC) makes his light-heavyweight debut against Marcus Govan (4-1 MMA, 0-0 XCC).

By Connor Northrup





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.