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For the second time in as many fights, UFC middleweight Edmen Shahbazyan found himself the losing half of a contender fight.
When he took on Jack Hermansson at UFC Fight Night 188 on Saturday, Shahbazyan (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) lost a unanimous decision. Though he found some success on the feet, the decision was ultimately decided when Hermansson (22-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) turned in a big Round 3 from top position on the ground.
On Sunday, Shahbazyan released a statement on Instagram, which voiced determination and persistence. Shahbazyan vowed to go back to the lab and work on the areas he needs to improve.
“Thank you all for your love and support!!” Shahbazyan wrote. “I know I’m capable of better. In this fight game, small mistakes or decisions can change the whole fight. I’m gonna work harder and be back the best version of me. Never quit, I will always put my heart and soul out there all the way.”
Shahbazyan, 23, entered UFC Fight Night 188 off his first professional loss, which he was handed by Derek Brunson in his first promotional main event. Prior to that defeat, Shahbazyan won his first four UFC outings, with three finishes.
UFC Fight Night 188 took place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The entire card streamed on ESPN+.