Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan go head to head in a middleweight showdown at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi this Sunday for UFC Fight Night. We preview the fight and give you our free tips and best bets below.
When: Sunday August 2, 2020 at 1:05 pm
Where: Abu Dhabi
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Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan Odds
Derek Brunson vs. Edmen Shahbazyan Preview
Shahbazyan opens this one as the convincing $1.36 favourite, with Brunson currently instilled as the $3.20 underdog.
Just 22 years of age, Shahbazyan has raced out to an 11-0 start in his MMA career.
9 of his wins have come by way of knockout, with 1 submission and decision also thrown in.
He was a part of Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018, officially having his first fight in March last year.
All 3 of his UFC fights have ended in finishes and he is touted as the next big thing in the Middleweight division.
Brunson is a UFC veteran that enters this clash with a 20-7 career record.
11 of his wins have come by knockout, with 3 submissions and 6 decision wins also thrown in.
He went through a period of 4 losses in 6 between 2016 and 2018, but he has seemed to regain form in consecutive 2019 wins.
While I do think Shahbazyan is the rightful favourite, I see some value in Brunson at $3.20.
He has the experience advantage and has fought in much higher-profile fights before.
Shahbazyan hasn’t fought anyone of his quality before and could easily succumb to a powerful punch.
He also hasn’t really been tested on the ground in his career, a place where Brunson should have the advantage.
As a pure value play, I’ll go with the underdog Brunson here.
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