Edmen Shahbazyan has been working hard for most of his UFC career. But in the UFC Vegas 5 Main Event on Saturday night, he became a nail.
After entering the short news headlines in Las Vegas, the 11-0 middleweight was touted as the future of the department as he prepares to face veteran contender Derek Brunson.
With the design becoming the youngest champion in UFC history, Shahbazyan had a lot of expectations on his shoulders, but before Brunson beat him with punches and elbows, and then won the third round of TKO suspension, he received a rude welcome to enter Top ten in the department.
After the battle, the 22-year-old potential client was taken to a local hospital for treatment, but soon after Shahbazyan suffered the first loss of his career, he issued a statement to update his condition.
“Congratulations to Derek Brunson tonight, he did a great job. No excuses, this is a fighting game, I will be back! Fortunate to have everyone’s support.”
Shahbazyan won a four-game winning streak at the UFC after winning a contract with Dana White’s Contender Series, including the last three knockout or compliant victories.
He missed Brunson, but UFC Chairman Dana White believes that this is the whole content of the game because he decided to step up the game in the UFC Vegas 5 main event.
“No, I was not disappointed,” White said of Shahbazin’s performance at the post-war press conference. “Listen, everyone knows that regardless of the odds, he will contend with an experienced boxer.
Bronson fought everyone. Shahbazyan has not fought everybody yet, this is where you find a man tonight. You let him play against someone like Derek Brunson. “