- Jack Hermansson will face Edmen Shahbazyan at UFC 262.
- Hermansson found himself on the losing side in a five-round war against Marvin Vettori last December.
- Shahbazyan suffered the first defeat in his career in the last fight with Derek Brunson.
A day after the UFC 262 main event was announced, a high-profile middleweight fight was added to the May 15 event at the Toyota Center in Houston.
The sixth Jack Hermansson will face 12th place Edmen Shahbazian in a duel in which both fighters will try to return to the ranks after losing their last missions.
Hermansson lost to Marvin Vettori at the UFC on ESPN 19 last December, while Shahbazian experiences his first professional defeat to Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 173 in August 2020.
Losing at the end of the war
Marvin Vettori (164) and Jack Hermansson (122) hit 286 significant hits in total, setting a new middleweight record with five rounds. The old record was held by Whittaker (128) vs. Romero (111) 2 with 239 UFC 225.# UFCVegas16 pic.twitter.com/iOEhs4nevh
- danawhite (@danawhite) December 6, 2020
Hermansson and Vettori teamed up to land a total of 286 significant strikes in their December bout, setting a new UFC record for a five-round middleweight bout. But while Hermansson returned home with a $ 50,000 bonus for Battle of the Night, he lost the war.
The defeat was the second for Hermansson in the last three fights, which pushed him away from the title drawing. The Swedish Joker finished 5th in middleweight and a significant favorite on the best betting sites in the UFC when he faced Jared Cannonier at UFC Fight Night 160 in Denmark. But Cannonier knocked out the hometown favorite in great upset.
Hermansson bounced back by defeating Kelvin Gastelum, but just as we thought he was back on track, Vettori beat him on points in one of the best fights of 2020. Top 10 and stay relevant in the division. It will not be easy as he will have to face an opponent who is trying to recover from his first defeat in his career.
First career loss
Edmen Shahbazyan posted a statement on his Instagram after his first defeat at # UFCVegas5. pic.twitter.com/Hm0fXwDpeG
- MMA Latest (@MMALatestNws) August 2, 2020
For the first time in his career, Shahbazyan was defeated by veteran Derek Brunson in the last fight. The 23-year-old from Glendale, California, was in tears before this fight, winning his first 11 fights, including nine by knockout and one by submission. He was touted as the next big UFC middleweight figure, but his meteoric rise came to a halt against Brunson.
Trained by the controversial Edmond Tarverdyan, Shahbazyan became popular as one of the sparring partners of former UFC bantamweight champion Rhonda Rosie. Having started his MMA career with six straight knockout wins, he joined Contender Series 13. There he won a 40-second knockout against Antonio Jones, leading to a contract with the UFC.
After being defeated by Brunson, Shahbazyan seeks to prove that he belongs to the middleweight elite. This loss fell on his stock and pushed him to nothing. 12 in the rankings, but if he beats the Joker at UFC 262, Golden Boy will surely move into the top ten.
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