Edmen Shahbazyan

Edmen Shahbazyan (born November 20, 1997) is an American mixed martial artist. competing in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Edmen Shahbazyan
Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC 244.jpg
Shahbazyan interviewed at UFC 244 in 2019
Born (1997-11-20) November 20, 1997 (age 24)
Glendale, California, United States
Other namesThe Golden Boy
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Reach74 in (188 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofGlendale, California, United States
TeamGlendale Fighting Club (until 2022)[2][3]
Xtreme Couture (2022–present)[3]
TrainerEdmond Tarverdyan (until 2022)[2][3]
RankBlack belt in Shotokan Karate[1]
Years active2017–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout9
By submission1
By decision1
By knockout2
By decision1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog


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 trained at his former gym Glendale Fighting Club since the age of 12.[3][5] As a teenager, he served as a training partner for Ronda Rousey.[6] Shahbazyan initially attended Glendale High School, but transferred to Herbert Hoover High School from where he graduated.[5] During his time in Hoover High, he wrestled and reached the CIF State Wrestling Championship tournament.[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.[7]

Shahbazyan was invited to participate on Dana White's Contender Series 13 of Dana White's 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.[8]

Edmen was formerly managed by Ronda Rousey's One Fight Management.[9][3]

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.[10]

Shahbazyan's next fight was against Charles Byrd at UFC 235.[6] He won the fight by first-round knockout.[11]

Shahbazyan faced Jack Marshman on July 6, 2019 at UFC 239.[12] He won the fight via a rear-naked choke submission in the first round.[13]

Shahbazyan was expected to face Krzysztof Jotko on November 2, 2019 at UFC 244.[14] However, Jotko withdrew from the bout and was replaced by Brad Tavares.[15] After initially knocking Tavares down via a punch, Shahbazyan won the fight via a head kick KO in the first round.[16]

Shahbazyan was expected to face Derek Brunson on March 7, 2020 at UFC 248.[17] However it was announced on February 20 that the bout had been rescheduled and would take place on April 11, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs. Harris.[18] Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was postponed[19] and eventually scheduled for August 1, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan.[20] Shahbazyan lost the fight via technical knockout in round three.[21]

During the walkout Shahbazyan carried a flag of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, an internationally unrecognized regime. This was done in support after minor clashes took place in the area during that time. After the bout, the Consul General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev sent a protest regarding the incident to the UFC. As an outcome Shahbazyan apologized to the UFC for breaking the rules and causing controversy, and also lost his Reebok sponsor money.[22]

Shahbazyan was scheduled to face Jack Hermansson on May 15, 2021 at UFC 262.[23] However, for unknown reasons the bout was postponed and took place at UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt on May 22, 2021.[24] He lost the bout via unanimous decision after being dominated by Hermansson's grappling in rounds 2 and 3.[25]

Shahbazyan faced Nassourdine Imavov on November 6, 2021 at UFC 268.[26] He lost the fight via TKO due to elbows from crucifix position in round two.[27]

Shahbazyan is scheduled to face Dalcha Lungiambula on December 10, 2022, at UFC 282.[28]

Mixed martial arts recordEdit

Professional record breakdown
14 matches 11 wins 3 losses
By knockout 9 2
By submission 1 0
By decision 1 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 11–3 Nassourdine Imavov TKO (elbows) UFC 268 November 6, 2021 2 4:42 New York City, New York, United States
Loss 11–2 Jack Hermansson Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Font vs. Garbrandt May 22, 2021 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–1 Derek Brunson TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan August 1, 2020 3 0:26 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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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