UFC 239 Fighter To Watch: Edmen Shahbazyan
Edmen Shahbazyan appeared on Dana White’s Contender Series in July, 2018, and shone with a TKO victory over Antonio Jones in just 40 seconds. Since then, he has gone 2-0 in the UFC and is on the verge of breaking into the top 15 of the middleweight division.
After knocking out fellow Contender Series graduate Charles Byrd in just 38 seconds back in March at UFC 235, he openly stated his aim was to beat Jon Jones’ record of becoming the youngest ever UFC champion. Ahead of him this weekend, is the gatekeeper to the Top 15 in Jack Marshman. The Welshman is often put against the young contenders and always proves a tough test to see if they are ready to make the jump to become a genuine contender.
He is coached by Edmond Tarverdyan from Glendale Fighting Club, the same gym which UFC Hall Of Famer Ronda Rousey fought out of during her run with the UFC. Shahbazyan’s age and lack of experience are not putting the oddsmakers off, with some having him listed as the biggest favorite on the card despite Marshman having triple the amount of fights in the UFC. Despite Shahbazyan’s lack of the experience, he has been working with Tarverdyan since he was 13-years-old, and even started sparring Rousey at the time.
Shahbazyan turns 22 in November, and so his aim of becoming the youngest ever UFC champion is still a reality. With that being said, he needs a decisive win over Marshman on Saturday night to continue his rapid rise. The fight with Marshman is the featured UFC Fight Pass Preliminary fight, but on such a stacked card like UFC 239, it’s often difficult to stand out.
Edmen needs to make a statement to make sure fans remember his name going forward. With a massive opportunity ahead of him , Shahbazyan is ready to put on another impressive performance in front of a sold-out crowd in Las Vegas.