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UFC Vegas 5 results: Biggest winners, loser for ‘Brunson vs Shahbazyan’ in Las Vegas

UFC Fight Night: Brunson v Shahbazyan Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

UFC Vegas 5 went down last night (Sat., Aug. 1, 2020) inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. In the main event, Derek Brunson handed highly-touted prospect, Edmen Shahbazyan, the first loss of his professional career after stopping him in round three (see it here). In the co-main event, Jennifer Maia defeated Joanne Calderwood via submission, ending her hopes of fighting for the women’s Flyweight title (highlights).

Biggest Winner: Derek Brunson

Just in case you all forgot, Derek Brunson is as real a contender as it gets and it’s high time people stopped sleeping on him. After a tepid start, Brunson took it to “The Golden Boy” in the final second of round two, tagging him with one hard shot after another. After scoring a takedown, Brunson started piling on the punishment on Shahbazyan with seconds remaining in the round, busting him up and leaving him stiff (for a second) once the horn rang. Once round three began it was pretty much the same, as Brunson once again caught Shahbazyan in a tight predicament, raining down bombs on him until referee Herb Dean put an end to the punishment (minus the controversy and criticism). Brunson has now won three in a row, and after stealing Shabazyan’s undefeated streak, has a nice notch on his resume moving forward in his quest for his first-ever UFC title shot.

Runner Up: Jennifer Maia

Maia completely redeemed herself from her last fight at UFC 244 — where she came in heavy and then proceeded to get totally dominated by Katlyn Chookagian — after submitting Joanne Calderwood in the first round via armbar. By doing so, she ruined “Dr. Kneevil’s” title fight aspirations, which she already had locked down and put at risk by accepting to fight Maia. With the win, Jennifer moves to 3-1 in her last four and made a huge stride in her own path for a future title shot.

Biggest Loser: Edmen Shahbazyan

You can’t blame Shahbazyan for being confident in himself coming into his first-ever UFC headlining bout. He was previously undefeated (11-0, 4-0 UFC), and was being thought of a potential champion who could lead the Middleweight division one day. “The Golden Boy” even had his path to the title line up, giving himself less than 18 months to win the UFC strap to break Jon Jones’ record of youngest UFC champion ever. While he can still do that, it will get a lot tougher after he was knocked out by Brunson. I don’t want to go as far as to say that he overlooked the long-time veteran, but Shahbazyan sure didn’t show up. In the end, Brunson proved that experience trumps hype. With his first hiccup going down early in his combat career, “The Golden boy” has the time to look at his mistakes and fix them. Hopefully, he will do just that and not try to rush back in an attempt to redeem himself. Slow and steady is the process ... even it does interfere with his championship timetable.

For complete UFC Vegas 5 results and coverage click here.