UFC Fight Night: Font vs Garbrandt- Jack Hermansson vs Edmen Shahbazyan: Main Card Prediction and Analysis

Published 05/20/2021, 10:49 PM EDT


UFC middleweights Jack Hermansson and Edmen Shahbazyan will open up a stacked main card for UFC Vegas 27. Hermansson vs Shahbazyan is a good example of the quality bouts lined up considering the scrap can headline any Fight Night card.

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The middleweight division has had a sort of unofficial tournament going on with many contender match-ups in succession. Hermansson vs Shahbazyan is yet another iteration in this playoff series that will lead to Israel Adesanya. In fact, Marvin Vettori’s recent win over Kevin Holland in the ‘unofficial tournament’ afforded him the opportunity to fight for gold at UFC 263.

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UFC Vegas 27: Jack Hermansson vs Edmen Shahbazyan

Jack ‘The Joker’ is coming off a defeat to none other than current title challenger, Marvin Vettori. Hermansson was out-gunned in that fight and was effectively pieced apart on the feet by ‘The Italian Dream’. The loss was a considerable setback at the time. However, Hermansson has already proved his mettle as a seasoned campaigner.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 05: (R-L) Jack Hermansson of Sweden kicks Marvin Vettori of Italy in a middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 05, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

The Swedish fighter is lethal on the ground and Shahbazyan could be in for a long night at the office. Jack Hermansson sets up his strikes off a lead jab and has fundamentally sound power in his left hand. As is displayed through numerous fights, Hermansson is aggressive with searching out an available limb to secure the finish.

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On the flip side, fans are excited to see how Edmen Shahbazyan bounces back from the first loss of his professional career. Divisional veteran, Derek Brunson, dominated him in August. The one-sided beat down would have given the youngster plenty of lessons, which he would have incorporated in the interim.

The Golden Boy’ relies on unpredictability during his fights. His ability to explode is matched only by Robert Whittaker. However, he’ll have to be careful about over-extending as Jack Hermansson is adept at getting in from underneath for the takedown.

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Prediction: Jack Hermansson to claim a second-round RNC choke.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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