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Jessie Carter May 16, 2023 3 min read
Edmen Shahbazyan vs Anthony Hernandez UFC Fight Night 223 Odds, Time, and Prediction
Edmen Shahbazyan vs Anthony Hernandez is the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 223, which is taking place on Saturday, May 20, at UFC Apex in Vegas
Edmen Shahbazyan is a fantastic striker with a knockout-to-win ratio of 83.33%. His opponent in the UFC Fight Night 223 co-main event is Anthony Hernandez, an expert grappler who’s got a submission-to-win ratio of 70%. Which fighting style will prevail on Saturday?
Edmen Shahbazyan vs Anthony Hernandez Odds
When, Where, and How to Watch?
- Place: UFC Apex in Vegas, Nevada
- Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023
- Time: ~10:00 PM ET
- How to Watch: ESPN+
Has Edmen Shahbazyan’s Resurgence Started?
Now a 25-year-old, Edmen Shahbazyan started his MMA career in 2017 in CXF. After going 6-0, he took part in Dana White’s Contender Series, where he beat his opponent by TKO. Next came an appearance in The Ultimate Fighter, where he won by a split decision. It wasn’t a vintage performance by Shahbazyan, but it did bring him a UFC contract.
He then went on to win his first three UFC fights before hitting a rough patch, losing three fights in a row. Those three defeats are probably why oddsmakers see him as the underdog in Saturday’s co-main event.
However, one should keep in mind that he’s already put an end to his losing streak. In his most recent fight, Shahbazyan defeated Dalcha Lungiambula by TKO, for which the UFC awarded him the Performance of the Night bonus.
The impressive win has certainly given him a morale boost, which is why he’s coming to Vegas with his head held high. Still, beating Anthony Hernandez won’t be easy, especially not if the two end up on the floor.
Anthony Hernandez to Utilize His Grappling Skills
Anthony Hernandez is a fantastic wrestler/grappler who also does well striking-wise. He’s 12-2-1 overall, with just one win by KO/TKO. However, the one fight that got declared a no-contest was originally a KO win for Hernandez – it was later overturned after he tested positive for marijuana.
What needs to worry Hernandez ahead of Saturday’s fight is that his rival has fists of concrete. The trouble is that he’s not great when it comes to strike defense, getting hit 53% of the time by the opponents.
He got knocked out only once in his professional career, which happened against Kevin Holland who’s a great boxer. Still, Shahbazyan isn’t much behind him striking-wise.
Edmen Shahbazyan vs Anthony Hernandez Prediction
Edmen Shahbazyan will try to outbox Anthony Hernandez, while “Fluffy” will probably try to win by submission. So, the big question is whether he can take his opponent down. Knowing that his takedown average is 6.49 (per 15 minutes), the only answer here is yes.
Still, we’re not 100% sure he’s actually going to finish him. But he might decide to control Shahbazyan long enough to win by points.
Pick: Anthony Hernandez to win
Jessie is our resident sports specialist with over 4 years of experience in sports journalism. She's worked with several prominent online sports news outlets in the past and has accrued specialist insight across a wide range of sports markets. Combined with her own love and excitement of sports, having competed at a national level during college, she aims to improve sports coverage value for our readers at GamblingNews.
Sports May 16, 2023
Sports May 16, 2023