For most of his UFC profession, Edmen Shahbazyan has been the hammer. But on Saturday evening in the UFC Vegas 5 foremost match, he grew to turn into the nail.
After though-provoking into the immediate survey headliner for the cardboard from Las Vegas, the 11-0 middleweight changed into touted because the lengthy urge of the division as he ready to face aged contender Derek Brunson.
With designs on turning into the youngest champion in UFC history, Shahbazyan had a great deal of expectations heaped on his shoulders but he received a crude welcome to the tip 10 in the division after Brunson brutalized him with punches and elbows prior to earning a third round TKO stoppage.
Following the strive in opposition to, the 22-300 and sixty five days-outdated skool prospect changed into transported to a local sanatorium for treatment but now not lengthy after, Shahbazyan released a press begin to update his condition after struggling the foremost lack of his profession.
“I’m OK all people goal need some stitches,” Shahbazyan wrote on Instagram. “Thank you on your entire messages, fancy you all!
“Congrats to Derek Brunson tonight, he did a astronomical job. No excuses, it’s the strive in opposition to recreation and I’ll be succor! Blessed to earn the meat up I even earn from all people.”
After earning his contract from Dana White’s Contender Sequence, Shahbazyan made instantaneous waves in the UFC with four straight wins including his final three by knockout or submission.
He came up immediate in opposition to Brunson but UFC president Dana White believes that’s goal all fraction of the recreation as he took a decided step up in competitors in the foremost match at UFC Vegas 5.
“No, I wasn’t disenchanted,” White said about Shahbazyan’s performance at the put up-strive in opposition to press convention. “Hear, all people knew, or now not it is now not related what the possibilities said, he’s going in in opposition to an experienced fking man.
“Brunson’s fought all people. Shahbazyan hasn’t fought all people and here’s where you glimpse out where a man’s at tonight. You assign him in in opposition to a man like Derek Brunson.”