Derek Brunson Halts The Momentum Of Edmen Shahbazyan, Wins Via TKO

Leading up to fight night, all eyes were on Edmen Shahbazyan. The 22-year-old was being praised for his dominant skills in just a short amount of time in the ring. With Ronda Rousey’s endorsement, the UFC was ready to make him a star. As the new main event of UFC on ESPN+ 31, it was the perfect chance for him to shine bright.

Unfortunately for him, Derek Brunson (21-7) was ready to make sure he wasn’t forgotten about. Brunson beat Shahbazyan (11-1) via TKO to start the third round inside the UFC’s APEX Center.

Inside the small UFC cage, both middleweights took advantage to put on a show. Shahbazyan started things off with a few shots, but Brunson landed a kick to the gut. Shahbazyan would reach for shots to start, and with nine wins via knockout, might have been overusing his power.

Brunson would end up using his wrestling ability to put him up against the cage and slam him down. He would land multiple elbows but Shahbazyan would manage to get back up. Shahbazyan would run after Brunson who tried to defensively strike and hit kicks to the stomach.

Round two saw Brunson land combination shots and tried again for a takedown, as he was 2-for-5 on takedown attempts. He would swipe away at Shahbazyan until Brunson accidentally landed an eye poke. When the action resumed, Brunson landed a jab. Things took a turn for the worse when Shahbazyan got sent to the ground and would not be able to block any shots that Brunson was landing. Referee Herb Dean almost called the fight off but the bell rang beforehand.

It took a while for Shahbazyan to get ready for the third, as the doctors were reaching out to him. The fight went on but Shahbazyan was no match for Brunson and his shots. On his back, Brunson landed unprotected shots until Dean finally called the fight off.

Shahbazyan lost his first fight since debuting in MMA in 2017.

After losing two in a row to Ronaldo Rouza and Israel Adesanya, Brunson is now on a three-fight win streak. He has also won 12 fights via some form of knockout.

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