Only at the age of 22, Edman Shahbazyan is one of the fastest rising young stars in mixed martial arts (MMA), who exploded outside the gates with a perfect record of 11-0, including passing 4-0 in the Octagon.
Lightweight heavyweight champion John Jones currently holds the record for being the youngest UFC champion at 23 years old. And that’s the award Shahbazyan wants, which is why he gives himself 18 months to become the UFC 185kg champion.
“I know the youngest champion is 23 years and 8 months old from John Jones,” Shahbazyan said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “I turn 23 in November and then I have eight months after that. That leaves me until July next year. “
Since making his UFC debut in November 201
“It’s a long time for me to achieve my goal of being a champion. This is a year from now and I believe that the way I am going with a few more victories will put me in this position to achieve this goal. “
This is not out of the question, as current division champion Israel Adesanya became the UFC champion 18 months after making his promotional debut thanks to a busy wrestling schedule that saw him compete seven times in that span.
“I am finally coming for this belt. I want to make statements. I want to keep getting better. I want to fight the highest ranked opponents and improve. “
As for his predictions for the upcoming title match between Adesanya and Paulo Costa, which is scheduled for UFC 253 on September 19, the “Golden Boy” chooses “The Last Stylist” to keep his title.
“I think he’s passing Costa. I think he will be dirty to Costa and will oppose him. I think Costa has more than what comes in your face and makes you argue with him and that makes you tired. I think Adesanya will get out and mark him, “he said, before acknowledging championship thinking against him, the battle he continues.
“I think Adesanya is a good fighter. Very slender fighter and a good champion. It is definitely a challenge I would be happy to face in the near future. It would be amazing. This is definitely the struggle I see in the future.
“I love to dream big and dream big and achieving such a goal would be amazing for me. Not only would I be the youngest champion, but I would be the first Armenian-American champion. So two good things in one. “
Shahbazyan’s next step in trying to catch the Bones is a huge riot against Derek Brunson this Saturday night (August 1, 2020) at the UFC Vegas 5 main event at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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