The Shahbazyan bandwagon hit another big bump in the road on Saturday night (May 22, 2021).
UFC Vegas 27 saw Edmen Shahbazyan drop a unanimous decision to Jack Hermansson on the judges scorecards (29–27x3). It’s the 23-year-old prospect’s second loss in a row and one that re-exposed the holes in his ground game.
Now, Shahbazyan has released a statement on the defeat, vowing to fix the holes in his game and come back better than ever.
“Thank you all for your love and support!!” he wrote on Instagram. “I know I’m capable of better. In this fight game, small mistakes or decisions can change the whole fight. I’m gonna work harder and be back the best version of me. Never quit, I will always put my heart and soul out there all the way.”
Shahbazyan came into UFC with a lot of hype back in 2018 via Dana White’s “Contender Series,” where he annihilated his opponent Antonio Jones in 40 seconds. His first four fights? Four wins, and three with finishes.
But a big step up in competition saw him get stopped by Derek Brunson in Aug. 2020. Now, Hermansson has out-worked him, leaving Shahbazyan clinging to his No. 10 ranking at Middleweight rather than moving within striking range of the Top 5.
Of course, Shahbazyan is young and can turn things around. But the momentum he had through 2018 / 2019 is definitely gone, and it’s going to be a hard grind from here on out with everyone exploiting his weakness on the ground.
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