UFC Middleweight Edmen Shahbazyan is set to take on Derek Brunson in the main event headliner at UFC Vegas 5. The event marks the return of the company on home soil after spending July on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Not to mention, the event sees the first opportunity of the young middleweight in Shahbazyan to capture the spotlight.
The 185-pound division is chalked to the gills with elite fighters vying for a spot at the top. Moreover, the top-ranked fighters have managed to stake their claim to the gold strap in more ways than one. Edmen Shahbazyan will be looking to put his competition on notice and actualize his dream of being the youngest champion.
The undefeated fighter spoke out in a document series uploaded to ‘No DNB Production’ and gave a preview of his fight camp. He touched upon his mindset, going into his first crucial headliner. Additionally, he looked back at his start in the sport against the backdrop of a training montage.
“I have a dream in my mind and a goal, I have to reach those goals, have big goals. I didn’t even go on my own graduation for my senior year of high school, I had a competition I was preparing for. It’s not like my parents told me I had to do it, we loved it and we did everything to benefit ourselves.”
The 11-0 prospect has been training with Ronda Rousey since the age of 15, at Glendale Fighting Club. His formal martial arts training at the age of 10 helped shape him into a well-rounded assassin at 185-pounds.
“It’s been a long preparation, so it’s given me even more time to be prepared. I’m coming into it in the best shape of my life. It really didn’t affect me in a bad way at all. It’s all been beneficial to me, positive and yeah, I’m coming in really good.”
The California native already has his sights set on dethroning Jon Jones as the youngest UFC champion in history. Not to mention he will have more challenges ahead if he is to actualize his goal.
“You demonstrate a good character outside the octagon by being a good person and being the guy that thinks he’s so strong and can beat anybody up, I don’t have that. I’m a normal guy, but whenever I get into the gym and fight, it’s different for me. It’s strictly focused business for me. I’m ready to go in there and kill or be killed. I love this.”
Chiefly, a win over Derek Brunson in his headlining opportunity will put the division on notice as to his capabilities. Shahbazyan will be looking to capitalize on his buzz and begin climbing the ranks at Middleweight.
Source: No DNB Productions Youtube
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