For much of his UFC career, Edmen Shahbazyan has been the hammer. But on Saturday night in the main event of UFC Vegas 5, he became the best.
After entering the headliner for the Las Vegas card, the 11-0 average weight was touted as the future of the division as he prepared to face veteran contender Derek Brunson.
With plans to become the youngest champion in UFC history, Shahbazyan had many expectations piled on his shoulders, but received a rude welcome to the top 10 of the division after Brunson brutalized him with punches and elbows before earning a third round. by TKO.
After the fight, the 22-year-old prospect was transported to a local hospital for treatment, but not long after, Shahbazyan released a statement to update his condition after suffering the first loss of his career.
“Congratulations to Derek Brunson tonight, he has done a great job. There is no excuse, it’s the fighting game and I’ll be back! Blessed to have the support I have from everyone. “
After getting his contract from Dana White’s Contender series, Shahbazyan made immediate waves in the UFC with four straight wins, including his last three by knockout or submission.
He ran into Brunson, but UFC president Dana White believes it’s only part of the game as he made a firm step forward in competition in the main event at UFC Vegas 5.
“No, I wasn’t disappointed,” White said of Shahbazyan’s performance at the post-fight press conference. “Listen, everyone knew it, no matter what the odds said, he’s going against a fucking expert king.
“Brunson has fought everyone. Shahbazyan hasn’t fought everyone and that’s where you find out where a boy is tonight. You pitted him against a guy like Derek Brunson.”