Brunson gives young Shahbazyan his first pro MMA loss

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The young Edmen Shahbazyan brought a perfect record into his bout with Derek Brunson. The veteran fighter gave Shahbazyan his first career loss.

Brunson defeated Shahbazyan in the third round of the UFC Fight Night 173 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wilmington, North Carolina native won the bout by TKO (Punches).

UFC fighter Derek Brunson punching Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza in their middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night
Derek Brunson punching Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in their middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night (Getty Images)

“Wow, God is so good,” Brunson said in a Facebook post after the fight. “I put my heart in it and he has seen me through. My family and friends have been so supportive. You guys are amazing. This one is for you all.”

This is Brunson’s third straight win. However, this was his first knockout win since he defeated Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 119 by KO (Punches) in the first-round on October 28, 2017.

Before Brunson’s knockout win over Shahbazyan, he had won the previous two fights by unanimous decision. Brunson now has 12 career wins by knockout or technical knockout.

The 36-year-old middleweight improved to 21-7 in his MMA career. He also has six decision wins and three submission wins.

Brunson has not been defeated since he lost to Israel Adesanya at UFC 230 by first-round TKO (Knees and Punches) on November 3, 2018 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

Before the loss, Shahbazyan had an 11-fight win streak. The 22-year-old fighter will use this loss as a learning experience for his next fights to come down the road.

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