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UFC Vegas 5: Brunson vs. Shahbazyan - Main Fight Preview

After a season of events at Ilha da Luta, the UFC returns to the cradle of Las Vegas to start the season of events at UFC Apex, an organization training center in the infamous “City of Sin”, with UFC Vegas 5 . 

In their main fight, the organization married the interesting duel in the middleweight division between the experienced Derek Brunson and the promising Edmen Shahbazyan for five rounds . In the co-main event of the night, the talented Joanne Calderwood and Jennifer Maia promise a very aggressive duel in the fly category.

Speaking of aggressive duel, the categories of welterweight and light are also not far behind in this regard. The Brazilian Vicente Luque returns to the octagon to face the young Randy Brown , while the experienced Bobby Green faces the always amusing Lando Vannata .


Derek Brunson (20-7 in MMA, 11-5 in the UFC) is the legitimate gatekeeper of the middleweight division in the UFC. If you pass it, it shows that you have the level to venture to the top of the category. Otherwise, it is a good reality check for possible prospects or bargains who are not in a position to think aloud.

Brunson is the typical fighter who has quality, but always ends up beating and coming back against qualified opponents. The explosive 36-year-old has evolved from a generic and uninspiring wrestler to a generic boxer with a lot of power in his hands, leaving the game of takedowns almost in limbo of his strategies - a huge mistake in his game. Standing, Brunson is basic, does not have much volume and sins for creativity when delivering blows, and rarely uses grappling, failing to balance his qualities, something that would make him a greater threat in the division.

As mentioned above, Brunson is a great gatekeeper to test the quality of new threats in the top 15 in the division. So it's the perfect test for Edmen Shahbazyan (11-0 in MMA, 4-0 in the UFC). The Glendale Fight Club product did not show much in his first fight in the organization, but he started passing the car and lined up Charles Byrd, Jack Marshman and Brad Tavares, winning the three with less than 5 minutes of fighting combined.

Only 22 years old and with an apparently high evolution ceiling, Edmen is tall but quite versatile for the category. Like his opponent, the young man also has a valuable knockout power, but he becomes a smarter fighter with a broader technical arsenal. Standing, the fighter is aggressive, has a good volume of blows and knows how to use his skills in a balanced way. However, your defensive part worries you a little and the lack of control over your fitness can cost you against a more complete opponent, which is not the case with this confrontation.

It is a confrontation that can mean a reality check or a legitimate baton pass in a good category that is already undergoing a renovation process. Shahbazyan is part of a new and talented generation, while Brunson, who has never managed to reach sunset in his career, is a good fighter for the top 10 in the category. '

The scribe's bet is on the triumph of the young and promising 22-year-old athlete, who must control, frustrate and knock out Derek Brunson at the end of the first round.