This Sunday the UFC will return to Las Vegas (Nevada, USA) to host the sixth tournament without spectators to “UFC APEX”. The event of UFC Fight Night 173 lost the original main event after Irene Aldana was diagnosed COVID-19, and its failed rival, Holly Holm left behind. Instead, the title card we see an intriguing confrontation between the men.
In the main fight of evening will come: a high level gatekeeper-Middleweight Brunson and 22-year-old undefeated prospect Shahbazyan.
Branson is 14 years older than the opponent, and he performs at a high level since 2011. After 2018 he suffered two defeats by knockout from “Jacare” Souza and Israel Adesanya, in 2019 Derek came back with wins on points over Elias theodorou and Jan Heinichen.
Shahbazyan after a not very successful debut in the UFC at the end of 2018 scored three quick landslide victory over Charles Byrd, Jack Marshman and brad Tavares. Now Shahbazyan 11-0 record, including 9 wins by knockout and one submicron – all in the first round.
Forecast for battle
Shahbazyan – pronounced drummer with killer instinct, but we have seen that it is very solid feeling on earth and it continues to evolve in all directions.
Branson relies on his knockout power, but he has problems with good strikers. “Golden boy” may be another unsolved problem for the veteran. Given that Brunson had previously been knocked out, he may not survive an early storm Shahbazyan.
Shahbazyan win by knockout in the 1st round
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