There’s loads of discuss what Edmen Shahbazyan can do sooner or later. At 22 years outdated, the surging middleweight nonetheless has one yr to change into the youngest champion in UFC historical past, surpassing Jon Jones‘ file. Many assume that could possibly be inside his attain.
However Shahbazyan is aware of it will not be sensible to miss the opponents in entrance of him as he makes an attempt to climb the 185-pound ladder, together with Derek Brunson in the primary occasion of UFC Battle Evening on Saturday night time on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Shahbazyan (11-0) has received all 4 of his UFC fights so far, the previous three through first-round end. The California native is taken into account one of many high blue-chippers on the UFC roster. Shahbazyan trains out of Glendale Preventing Membership in California below coach Edmond Tarverdyan, the longtime mentor of celebrity Ronda Rousey.
Shahbazyan, a protégé of each, is managed by Tarverdyan and Rousey. Brunson (20-7) is taken into account one of many hardest outs within the middleweight division. The North Carolina native is on a two-fight profitable streak. Brunson, 36, has misplaced to solely present or former champions since 2016: Israel Adesanya, Robert Whittaker, Anderson Silva and Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza.
Within the co-main occasion Saturday, Joanne Calderwood places a possible ladies’s flyweight title shot on the road in opposition to former Invicta champion Jennifer Maia. Calderwood (14-4), who’s No. Four in ESPN’s MMA ladies’s flyweight rankings, was queued up for the title alternative in opposition to champion Valentina Shevchenko, however she did not need to look ahead to Shevchenko to return from damage later this yr. Maia (17-6-1) has received two of three and has misplaced solely to former title challengers Katlyn Chookagian and Liz Carmouche.
Additionally on the cardboard, Vicente Luque and Randy Brown meet in a high-octane welterweight encounter, Lando Vannata and Bobby Green face off in a light-weight rematch, and Kevin Holland and Trevin Giles do battle in a conflict of middleweight prospects.
Marc Raimondi and Jeff Wagenheim recap the motion because it occurs from Las Vegas.
Battle in progress:
Luque is a beast
— Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) August 2, 2020
Recap to return.
Lastly, there was a winner between these two.
Almost three years after they fought to a attract a basic battle, Inexperienced and Vannata placed on one other stellar efficiency of back-and-forth combating. Inexperienced ended up getting the higher of this rematch by getting stronger because the struggle wore on.
Familiarity is understood to breed contempt, however on this case, it introduced a nonstop trade of punches, kicks and trash speak. And when every spherical ended, there was a fist bump out of respect.
As soon as once more, @BobbyKGreen got here from the guts ❤️
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) August 2, 2020
After every man gave as a lot as he took early on, Inexperienced scored a knockdown within the latter a part of Spherical 1, and whereas Vannata acquired again up and fought on, he by no means appeared capable of sustain with Inexperienced from that time on.
All three judges scored the bout for Inexperienced, a 33-year-old out of Fontana, California, who has received two in a row. Two scorecards learn 30-27, and the opposite had the struggle 30-26.
When he was introduced because the winner, Inexperienced yelled, “I simply paid off my home!”
Vannata, 28 and combating out of in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has simply two wins in his previous eight bouts.
One struggle throughout that stretch was the draw with Inexperienced at UFC 216 in October 2017. Every man pocketed an additional $50,000 that night time, profitable struggle of the night time bonuses for a card that additionally featured the likes of Tony Ferguson, Demetrious Johnson and Fabricio Werdum. That first struggle turned on some extent deduction for an unlawful knee from Vannata. This time, it was a clear victory for Inexperienced.
Jonathan Martinez’s left knee meets Frankie Saenz’s chin as Saenz drops and Martinez will get the TKO win at UFC Battle Evening.
Martinez did quite a lot of harm with kicks to the top and physique over the primary two rounds, nevertheless it was a knee to the chin that completed the job within the third.
The 26-year-old out of Plainview, Texas, softened up Saenz over the struggle’s first 10 minutes, almost getting the end in Spherical 2 after twice flooring his opponent with head kicks. However Saenz, who turns 40 in 11 days, saved getting up and, whereas wobbly, survived the onslaught. When he got here out for the ultimate spherical, although, he was a bit unsteady off the stool but turned aggressor, seeking to shut the space and get the bout to the canvas. As issues turned out, he was the one one to hit the mat, as a knee to the chin from a retreating Martinez wrapped up the TKO at 57 seconds of the spherical.
Nice head kicks! Frankie has his palms up however with little gloves typically it nonetheless will get by way of!
— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) August 2, 2020
Martinez, who got here in 4½ kilos over the bantamweight restrict on Friday and surrendered 30% of his purse to Saenz, received for the third time in his previous 4 fights.
Saenz, who fights out of Scottsdale, Arizona, has misplaced two in a row after having received his earlier two.
Males’s bantamweight: Nate Maness (12-1, 1-Zero UFC) defeats Johnny Munoz (10-1, 0-1 UFC) defeats by unanimous determination
Johnny Munoz picks up Nathan Maness and slams him to the mat late in Spherical 2 of their bout at UFC Battle Evening.
It did not go as anticipated for Maness in his UFC debut. Unique opponent Ray Borg withdrew about 36 hours previous to the bout. And Munoz, the substitute, landed some unlucky blows within the bout.
However Maness was capable of do sufficient to earn a unanimous determination (29-27, 29-27, 29-27).
After a dominant spherical for Munoz within the first, when he used his wrestling and grappling to upend Maness, the tide turned starting within the second. Maness was capable of open up a reduce on Munoz’s hairline with an elbow and land the more durable blows.
Within the third, Munoz had some extent taken away on account of a second kick that fell under the belt. Maness persevered after, as soon as once more being the higher striker within the spherical and even taking Munoz down late. Munoz, from the underside, labored a uncommon calf crusher because the seconds ticked off the clock within the remaining spherical, however Maness was secure within the distinctive place and made it to the bell.
Maness, 29, has now received two straight, and this was his first UFC win. The Kentucky resident has just one profession loss, to UFC veteran Taylor Lapilus in 2019 below the TKO banner. Munoz, a 27-year-old California native, got here in on a day’s discover as an undefeated prospect. He’s a former King of the Cage bantamweight champion.
Jamall Emmers throws a flurry of robust punches early in his bout vs. Vince Cachero at UFC Battle Evening in Las Vegas.
Emmers confirmed off a multifaceted talent set — simply not abruptly — in placing on a commanding efficiency to earn his first UFC victory.
Emmers, a 31-year-old combating out of Redlands, California, labored a distinct assault in every spherical. Within the first, he punished Cachero to the physique, touchdown an unrelenting array of knees and kicks. Emmers went primarily with proper palms to the top in Spherical 2, touchdown some massive ones. In neither spherical did Cachero cease transferring ahead, nonetheless.
Emmers, who misplaced his UFC debut to Giga Chikadze in March, went to takedowns within the remaining spherical, getting two on 4 tries and organising submission makes an attempt each occasions. However Cachero, a 30-year-old Hawaii native combating out of Los Angeles, defended nicely to make it to the ultimate horn in his UFC debut.
All three judges scored the struggle 30-27 for Emmers, who has received 5 of six.
Cachero was a late substitute for Timur Valiev, who withdrew from the struggle earlier within the week due to visa points.
It does not occur typically, however unanimous attracts do exist in MMA. And this was a reasonably scored one.
That is honest !!
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) August 1, 2020
Durden dominated the primary spherical together with his wrestling, floor and pound and submission makes an attempt. It was a 10-Eight spherical, with Durden having Gutierrez’s again for a lot of the 5 minutes. Within the second and third, although, Gutierrez took over together with his placing. Gutierrez landed arduous kicks to the physique and calf of Durden, doing harm to each areas. Gutierrez dropped Durden twice within the third with kicks.
Durden, 29, was making his UFC debut on only a week’s discover. The wrestler from American Prime Staff in Georgia had a seven-fight profitable streak snapped. Gutierrez, a 29-year-old Boston native, is unbeaten in 4 straight UFC fights and had received three in a row coming in. Gutierrez was a minus-310 favourite.