At simply 22 years of age, Edmen Shahbazyan is likely one of the quickest rising younger stars in combined martial arts (MMA), exploding out of the gates with an ideal 11-Zero report, together with going 4-Zero contained in the Octagon.

Mild Heavyweight champion Jon Jones at present holds the report for being the youngest UFC champion ever at 23 years of age. And that’s a distinction Shahbazyan needs, which is why he’s giving himself 18 months to turn out to be UFC’s 185-pound champion.

“I do know being the youngest champion is at 23 years and eight months by Jon Jones,” Shahbazyan mentioned in an interview with MMA Combating. “I flip 23 in November after which I’ve eight months after that. That leaves me till July of subsequent 12 months.”

Since making his UFC debut in November of 2018, Shahbazyan has fought 4 occasions in twelve months, which places him on tempo to succeed in his objective.

“That’s a superb period of time for me to succeed in my objective of being champion. That’s one 12 months from now, and I imagine the way in which I’m going with a pair extra wins, it should put me in that place to make that objective into actuality.”

It’s not out of the realm of chance since present division champion, Israel Adesanya, turned UFC champion 18 months after making his promotional debut because of a busy battle schedule that noticed him compete seven occasions in that span.

“I’m coming for that belt finally. I need to make statements. I need to maintain getting higher. I need to battle prime ranked opponents and bettering myself.”

So far as his prediction for the upcoming title battle between Adesanya and Paulo Costa, which is about for UFC 253 on Sept. 19, “The Golden Boy” is selecting “The Final Stylebender” to retain his title.

“I feel he will get previous Costa. I feel he’s going to be slick for Costa and counter him. I feel Costa has extra of that coming in your face and getting you right into a battle with him and that tires you. I feel Adesanya will get out of the way in which and tag him up,” he mentioned earlier than admitting a championship showdown in opposition to him is the battle he’s after.

“I feel Adesanya is an efficient fighter. A really slick fighter and a superb champion. He’s positively a problem that I might like to face within the close to future. It will be superb. That’s positively the battle I see sooner or later.

“I wish to dream massive and dreaming massive and carrying out that type of objective could be superb for me. Not solely would I be the youngest champion, however I’d be the primary ever Armenian-American champion. So two good issues in a single.”

Shahbazyan’s subsequent step in making an attempt to catch “Bones” is a big showdown in opposition to Derek Brunson this Saturday evening (Aug. 1, 2020) in the principle occasion of UFC Vegas 5 inside UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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