Remember him? Former promise and 'pupil' of Ronda Rousey resurfaces with brutal knockout at UFC Vegas 89

Edmen Shahbazyan is in trouble, but gets past AJ Dobson with a knockout in the first round of this Saturday's UFC (23)

Edmen Shahbazyan defeats AJ Dobson at UFC Vegas 89. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter/UFCNews

Edmen shahbazyan wins AJ Dobson at UFC Vegas 89. Photo: Reproduction/Twitter/UFCNews

Edmen shahbazyan, a name that has already carried the weight of being the 'next big promise' of the Ultimate, appears to have finally found his way into the organization. On the main card of ufc vegas 89 this Saturday (23), the pupil of Ronda Rousey staged an exciting turnaround, overcoming AJ Dobson by technical knockout at 4:43. of the first round, in the middleweight category (up to 83,9kg).

With the victory, Shahbazyan increases his record to 13 triumphs and 4 setbacks, while Dobson suffered his third defeat, boasting a record of 7 victories.

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The fight was no walk in the park for Shahbazyan. The North American had to overcome difficult moments, such as a blunt blow that made him wobble and even an unfavorable position underneath his opponent. However, his resilience and physical preparation were decisive for the final result.

After getting out of the disadvantageous position, Edmen pressed Dobson against the fence and delivered a devastating right cross, which sent him to the canvas. From then on, the American completely dominated the action, forcing the referee to intervene and declare a technical knockout.

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Karl Williams fights warmly, bets on takedowns and beats Justin Tafa on points

Karl Williams fights warmly, bets on takedowns and beats Justin Tafa on points. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/UFC News

Karl Williams fights warmly, bets on takedowns and wins justin tafa by points. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/UFC News

Karl Williams e justin tafa they were the co-main fight of the event, which does not mean that the confrontation was well contested in the heavyweight division (up to 120,2kg.). With a strong rhythm in wrestling, the North American invested in takedowns and came out with his arms raised in the judges' unanimous decision.

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Karl now has his seventh consecutive victory, in addition to a record of ten triumphs and one setback. At 34 years old, he could appear in the division rankings in the next update.

Justin, in turn, who joined the fight to replace his brother Junior Tafa, he lost again. The 30-year-old New Zealander has a record of seven positive results, four negative results and one fight without result.

Youssef Zalal defeated Billy Quarantillo, has a dream return to the UFC and provokes Topuria

the return of Youssef Zalal the UFC couldn't be better. The Moroccan impressed with the precision of his strikes and, through a rear-naked choke in the second round, he overcame Billy quarantillo, which had never been finished in his MMA career.

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Zalal, in a post-fight interview, got excited and declared that he could beat even Ilia Topuria, current champion of the featherweight category (up to 65,7kg.). He has a record of 14 triumphs and five setbacks.

Quarantillo, who had never felt the sensation of a setback via submission, lost for the fourth time in the last seven fights. The North American has 18 wins and six losses.

Fernando Padilla has an untouchable performance and finishes with a hand triangle

Fernando Padilla has an untouchable performance and finishes with a hand triangle. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/UFC_Brasil

Fernando Padilla finishes with a hand triangle. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/UFCEspanol

The opening of the main card was quick, precise and in the colors of Mexico. Fernando Padilla, who has a flagship in grappling, claimed yet another victim, this time Luis Pajuelo. Still in the first round, the fighter managed a hand triangle and saw his rival give up. The duel was valid in the featherweight division (up to 65,7kg).

With the result, Padilla reached his 16th victory – the ninth by submission. He also has five other defeats.

Pajuelo, on the other hand, debuted in the UFC with the left foot and is submitted for the first time in his career. The Peruvian has a record of eight positive results and, now, two negative results.

UFC Las Vegas 89 results

MAIN CARD

Flyweight (up to 56,7 kg): Rose namajunas derrotou Amanda ribas in the unanimous decision of the judges (49-46, 49-46, 48-47)

Heavy weight (up to 120,2 kg): Karl Williams derrotou justin tafa by unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Average weight (up to 83,9 kg): Edmen shahbazyan derrotou AJ Dobson by technical knockout (punches) at 4:33 of R1

Bantamweight (up to 61,2 kg): Payton Talbott defeated Cameron Saaiman by technical knockout (punches) at 21s of R2

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): Youssef Zalal derrotou Billy quarantillo via submission (rear naked choke) at 1m50s of R2

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): Fernando Padilla defeated Luis Pajuello via submission (guillotine) at 2:45 of R1

PRELIMINARY CARD 

Light weight (up to 70,3 kg): Trey Ogden derrotou Kurt holobaugh in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): julian erosa derrotou Ricardo Carcacinha via submission (guillotine) at 2min15s of R1

Bantamweight (up to 61,2 kg): Miles Johns defeated Cody Gibson in the unanimous decision of the judges (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Featherweight (up to 65,7 kg): Jarno Errens defeated Steven Nguyen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Bantamweight (up to 61,2 kg): Dariya Zheleznyakova defeated Montserrat Rendon via unanimous judges' decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Flyweight (up to 56,7 kg): Andre Lima defeated Igor Severino by disqualification (bite) at 2min52s of R2

Heavyweight (up to 120,2 kg): Mick Parkin defeated Mohammed Usman in the unanimous decision of the judges (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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