At just 22 years old, Edmen Shahbazyan is one of the fastest-rising young mixed martial arts (MMA) stars to burst out of the gate and reach an excellent 11-0 record, including 4-0 over an octagon.
Lightweight champion John Jones currently holds the 23-year-old record for the youngest all-time UFC champion of all time. That’s the kind of exclusivity Shahbazyan wants, which is why he takes 18 months to become the UFC’s 185-pound champion.
“I know the youngest champion is 23 years and 8 months old. John Jones, ”Shahbazyan said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I turn 23 in November, and then I have eight months. It will leave me with it until July next year. “
Since making his UFC debut in 2018. In November, Shahbazyan fought four times in four times in twelve months, forcing him to pull his goal.
“I need a lot of time to reach my goal of being a champion. It’s been one year from now, and I’m sure the path I’ll take with a few more victories will allow me to achieve that goal in that position. “
That’s not possible because the current division champion, Israel Adesanya, became UFC champion 18 months after a promotional debut run by a tense fight schedule that showed he competed seven times during that time.
“I finally come behind that belt. I want to make statements. I want to continue to improve. I want to fight top rivals and improve myself. “
The Golden Boy, as predicted by Adesanya and Paulo Costa’s upcoming battle for the title on September 19 at UFC 253, is choosing The Last Stylebender to keep its title.
“I think he’s passing through the Costa. I think he will be a sincere Costa and will oppose him. I think Costa has more of what comes into your face and allows you to fight it, and that bothers you. I think Adesanya will step down and label him, ”he said before acknowledging the champions’ performance against him.
“I think Adesanya is a good fighter. Very slender fighter and a good champion. It is definitely a challenge I would like to face in the near future. It would be amazing. It’s really a struggle I see in the future.
“I like to dream big and dream big, and to achieve such a goal would be wonderful for me. Not only would I be the youngest champion, but I would also be the first champion of all time in Armenia and America. So two good things in one. “
Shahbazyan’s next step in trying to catch Bones is a huge performance against Derek Brunson this Saturday night (August 1, 2020) at the UFC Vegas 5 Main Event inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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