Nah-Shon Burrell isn’t a boxer, so when he says that he is from Philadelphia  and competes in MMA many might not take him serious. However, that is far from the case, as the Strikeforce welterweight has made a name for himself in a quick time with an 8-1 record in his career with six knockout victories.

This Saturday night, Burrell will take on Chris Spang at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The bout will be part of Strikeforce’s main card on Showtime. Burrell currently trains with Tuan Pharm and The Fight Firm in Philly, but is branching out to train with former UFC fighter John Howard and Bombsquad.

“I definitely like traveling to other gyms and sampling what everybody has to offer, because you can’t just stay in one spot, then you’ll become stale,” said Burrell in a recent interview with Strikeforce’s website. “I went to Boston recently and learned some stuff up there with (Howard) and his team. I also trained with the Bombsquad, and I bounced around, but Philly will always be my home.”

Burrell is still thinking about his near-loss to James Terry, a bout he barely won via a controversial Split Decision earlier this year, saying, “I watched the fight over and over, and it hurts my stomach. I don’t like when people don’t like my performance.”


MMATraining Take: Burrell is a great prospect and I like his flashiness. He’s got great raw skills. No disrespect to Philly, but even Eddie Alvarez branches out to polish his game. Burrell should too.