Tonight from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, we have a PHENOMENAL Middleweight main event as #8 Derek Brunson takes on top prospect and #9 ranked Edmen Shahbazyan.
Both of these guys are straight up savages. Expect this one to be quick, im banking on a 1st or 2nd round finish for Shahbazyan. Derek Brunson has all the tools to beat Edmen and actually beat most middleweights in the division.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 1, 2020
As you can see from the tweet above, this is going to fast fireworks…i hope. Edmen Shahbazyan is arguably the top prospect in the whole sport. At 22 years old, he’s the 9th ranked middleweight in the world with an 11-0 record. For those that don’t know, he also has been Ronda Rousey’s training partner since he was 15 freaken years old. What the hell were you doing at 15? hmmm?
I think Shahbazyan’s fight IQ is incredibly high for being so young. There are things I think young fighters do. When somebody gets hurt, they’re just jumping on dudes and not calculating finishes like they should. With Edmen, he’s extremely calculated. I think one of his best and underrated tools is his controlling the fight. The way he cuts the cage off, sets traps cageside reminds me a little bit of Conor McGregor — the way he uses his length and his ability to vary his strikes at all levels. I think this kid is the real deal and I think they’re doing the right thing in taking their time with him, obviously no rush at 22.
BUT, if he wants to become the youngest world champion in history (Jon Jones has it at 23 years 243 days), he will need to win his next couple fights and then be thrown a title shot before he hits that age mark.
What a fight man. If you like looking for top prospects in sports, man this kid is REAL DEAL. Soooo, he’s going to get a career ruining flat line tonight.
Jk, I think he wins in impressive fashion and I think both guys have a good path to victory, but they really have to adapt their own style. I think stylistically Brunson has the tools to beat a guy like Edmen. But I think Edmen is gonna find his range early and I think it’s gonna be something along the line of a head kick.
LFG! Main Card starts at 9!