Derek Brunson derails Edmen Shahbazyan hype train, UFC Vegas 5

Edmen Shahbazyan releases statement following TKO loss to Derek Brunson at UFC Vegas 5

Edmen Shahbazyan has released his first statement since losing to Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC Vegas 5.

Shahbazyan entered the fight 11-0 with all the hype behind him and many pundits believing he could be the youngest UFC champion. Yet, all that got derailed on Saturday night as the 36-year-old veteran in Brunson earned a third-round TKO win over the prospect to hand him his first loss.

Following the event, Edmen Shahbazyan took to social media to release a statement on his first loss.

I’m ok everyone just need some stitches. Thank you for all your messages, love you all! Congrats to @derekbrunson tonight he did a great job. No excuses, it’s the fight game and I’ll be back! Blessed to have the support I have from everyone!,” Shahbazyan wrote.

The result for Edmen Shahbazyan is no doubt disappointing. He had all the hype behind him with many people thinking he is a future champion or title challenger. But, although he lost, he still is one of the top prospects in MMA and will no doubt learn from this experience.

Derek Brunson, meanwhile, is now on a three-fight winning streak and proved he is no longer a gatekeeper at middleweight. He should look to fight up in the rankings next time out. The 36-year-old was just a little too much for the highly-touted prospect as he has looked much better since going to Sanford MMA in Florida.

In his career, Shahbazyan is now 11-1 but is 4-1 inside the Octagon and does have first-round finishes over Brad Tavares, Jack Marshman, and Charles Byrd. So, he has proved he is an elite talent in the middleweight division and is only 22-years-old. So, as he says in his statement, he will be back, and no doubt, he remains a problem for a lot of 185-pounders.

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Cole Shelton
Cole Shelton covers MMA for, MMANews, and while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime