Edmen Shahbazyan

Edmen Shahbazyan (Armenian: Էդմեն Շահբազյան),[2] born November 20, 1997) is an American mixed martial artist competing in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). As of November 18, 2019, he is #9 in the UFC middleweight rankings.[3]

Edmen Shahbazyan
Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC 244.jpg
Shahbazyan interviewed at UFC 244 in 2019
Born (1997-11-20) November 20, 1997 (age 22)
Glendale, California, United States
Other namesThe Golden Boy
NationalityAmerican
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
DivisionMiddleweight
Reach74 in (188 cm)
Fighting out ofGlendale, California
TeamGlendale Fighting Club[1]
TrainerEdmond Tarverdyan[1]
Years active2016–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total11
Wins11
By knockout9
By submission1
By decision1
Losses0
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

BackgroundEdit

Edmen Shahbazyan fights out of Glendale, California. His older brother, Leon, is also a professional fighter.[4] Edmen started training in martial arts at the age of 9 and has been training at his current gym Glendale Fighting Club since the age of 12. As a teenager, he served as a training partner for Ronda Rousey.[5]

Mixed martial arts careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Shahbazyan made his professional debut in mixed martial arts on February 25, 2017 at CXF 6. He faced Selah Williams and won by technical knockout in the first round. Edmen continued fighting for mixed martial arts promotions in California and compiled a 6-0 record, winning all fights by first round knockout.[6]

Shahbazyan was invited to participate in Episode 5 of the Second Season of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. Edmen faced Antonio Jones, winning by technical knockout only 40 seconds into the first round. His performance led to White offering him a contract to fight in the UFC.[7]

Edmen is managed by Ronda Rousey's One Fight Management.[8]

Ultimate Fighting ChampionshipEdit

Shahbazyan debuted in the UFC on November 30, 2018 at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale against Darren Stewart. He won the fight via split decision.[9]

Shahbazyan's next fight was against Charles Byrdd at UFC 235.[5] He won the fight by first round knockout.[10]

Shahbazyan faced Jack Marshman on July 6, 2019 at UFC 239.[11] He won the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in the first round.[12]

Shahbazyan was expected to face Krzysztof Jotko on November 2, 2019 at UFC 244.[13] However, Jotko withdrew from the bout and was replaced by Brad Tavares.[14] He won the fight via a head kick KO in the first round.[15]

Shahbazyan was expected to face Derek Brunson on March 7, 2020 at UFC 248;[16] However it was announced on February 20 that the bout has been rescheduled and will take place on April 11, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Harris.[17] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was eventually postponed .[18] The bout eventually was scheduled on August 1, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 175.[19]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
11 matches 11 wins 0 losses
By knockout 9 0
By submission 1 0
By decision 1 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 11–0 Brad Tavares KO (head kick) UFC 244 November 2, 2019 1 2:27 New York City, New York, United States
Win 10–0 Jack Marshman Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 239 July 6, 2019 1 1:12 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–0 Charles Byrd TKO (elbows and punches) UFC 235 March 2, 2019 1 0:38 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 8–0 Darren Stewart Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Heavy Hitters Finale November 30, 2018 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 7–0 Antonio Jones TKO (punches) Dana White's Contender Series 13 July 17, 2018 1 0:40 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 6–0 Daniel McWilliams TKO (punches) CXF 12 April 21, 2018 1 0:30 Burbank, California, United States
Win 5–0 Aaron Hamilton TKO (punches) CXF 11 February 17, 2018 1 1:08 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 4–0 Anthony Thomas TKO (punches) Gladiator Challenge: Fight Club October 7, 2017 1 0:14 El Cajon, California, United States
Win 3–0 Dejon Daniels TKO (punches) CXF 8 June 17, 2017 1 2:58 Burbank, California, United States
Win 2–0 Dearmie Street TKO (punches) CXF 7 April 29, 2017 1 3:16 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 1–0 Selah Williams TKO (head kick and punches) CXF 6 February 25, 2017 1 0:43 Los Angeles, California, United States Middleweight debut.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sherdog.com. "5 Things You Might Not Know About Edmen Shahbazyan". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  2. ^ https://www.vnews.am/voske-tghan-ov-e-ufc-i-amenakhostumnalits-u-taghandavor-martik-edmen-shahbazyany/
  3. ^ "Rankings | UFC". www.ufc.com. Retrieved 2019-11-20.
  4. ^ Bitter, Shawn (2019-04-10). "EXCLUSIVE: Leon Shahbazyan vs. Brok Weaver Set for Contender Series on June 18". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-07-13.
  5. ^ a b Martin, Brian (March 1, 2019). "UFC 235: Edmen Shahbazyan continues living his dream". The Orange Country Register. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  6. ^ Gordon, Grant (April 22, 2018). "First-round wins by Glendale's Shahbazyan, Grigoryan highlight 'Burbank Beatdown'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  7. ^ Gordon, Grant (July 17, 2018). "Shahbazyan shines in 40-second win for UFC contract". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  8. ^ Kyte, E. Spencer (February 25, 2019). "ON THE RISE: UFC 235". UFC. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Erickson, Matt; Morgan, John (December 2, 2018). "UFC 235: Edmen Shahbazyan says takedowns were the name of the game at TUF 28 Finale". MMAJunkie. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  10. ^ Hiergesell, Dan (March 2, 2019). "Knockout! Watch Rousey prospect Edmen Shahbazyan spark Charles Byrd in 38 seconds at UFC 235". MMA mania. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  11. ^ Mogan, Tony (April 10, 2019). "Jack Marshman to fight Edmen Shahbazyan on Jones vs Santos undercard at UFC 239". London Evening Standard. Retrieved May 25, 2019.
  12. ^ Fortune, Ryan (2019-07-06). "UFC 239 Results: Edmen Shahbayzan Makes Quick Work of Jack Marshman". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-07-07.
  13. ^ Farah Hannoun (2019-08-23). "Unbeaten Edmen Shahbazyan draws Krzysztof Jotko at UFC 244 in New York". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2019-08-23.
  14. ^ Mike Bohn (October 2, 2019). "Brad Tavares moved to UFC 244 for matchup with unbeaten Edmen Shahbazyan". mmajunkie.com.
  15. ^ Doherty, Dan (2019-11-02). "UFC 244 Results: Edmen Shahbazyan Knocks Out Brad Tavares With First Round Head Kick". Cageside Press. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  16. ^ Critchfield, Tristen (2020-01-22). "Middleweights Derek Brunson, Edmen Shahbazyan to clash at UFC 248 in Las Vegas". Sherdog.com. Retrieved 2020-01-22.
  17. ^ Redactie. "Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan moved from UFC 248 to UFC Portland". mmadna. Retrieved 2020-02-20.(in Dutch)
  18. ^ Nolan King and John Morgan (2020-03-15). "UFC postpones three events amid growing coronavirus outbreak". mmajunkie.usatoday.com. Retrieved 2020-03-16.
  19. ^ "Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan booked for UFC Fight Night event on August 1". MMA Junkie. 2020-06-08. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  20. ^ Sherdog.com. "Edmen Shahbazyan". Sherdog. Retrieved 2019-05-25.

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