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Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan

August 1, 2020
img11:30 PM Eastern
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1 unit on Edmen Shahbazyan -315 (moneyline) (risk 1 to return 1.32)
A rising young star against the aging warrior! 36-year old Derek Brunson is 4-4 in his last eight UFC fights, and three of those losses were first-round KO or TKOs. Brunson is nearing the end of his prime and has had to make adjustments of late, being more patient and carefully looking for openings. It has worked in his last two fights, but won't work here as he faces a much younger fighter who can win via knockout early or wear Brunson down later on with his raw talent edge. 22-year-old Edmen Shahbazyan is undefeated in 11 MMA fights and a perfect 4-0 in the UFC. His last three fights were over in the first round, off a KO victory over Brad Tavares in half of a round. He's got great power (nine knockouts), but he can play the ground game, too, as two fights ago he had a submission win over Jack Marshman via a Rear-Naked Choke in just over one minute. He's the real deal, capable of being a future champ. For this match, Shahbazyan is taller with a reach advantage and 14 years younger. Play Edmen Shahbazyan to win the fight.

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