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“It was my first career loss and I use it as a big-time learning lesson,” Edmen Shahbazyan took the first career loss against Derek Brunson as a lesson

Edmen Shahbazyan speaks up about the first career loss against Derek Brunson.

Derek Brunson vs Edmen Shahbazyan

Edmen Shahbazyan lost his first fight of the MMA career against Derek Brunson last August, and he has opened up about how this fight has changed him for good.

Derek Brunson and Edmen Shahbazyan

At UFC Vegas 5, Shahbazyan and Brunson competed in the main event of the fight and everyone was rooting for Shahbazyan to get a knockout victory but after the first round he gassed out and Brunson dominated the fight after that.

Ahead of his fight at UFC 262, he spoke to BJPenn.com about it and said, “It was my first career loss and I use it as a big-time learning lesson. I was kind of going in there to hunt for the finish and look to finish him right away and I gassed myself out like that because I was looking for one shot to put him out. It’s experiencing, he is an experienced guy, too,”

Shahbazyan added, “He weathered the storm, stayed calm, and eventually went in his favor. As far as learning from the fight, I learned a lot about myself and some things I needed to change up in training and it has been going really well now and I can’t wait to fight on May 15.”

“I was looking to put him away,” Edmen Shahbazyan accepted the flaws in his game plan against Derek Brunson

Edmen Shahbazyan vs Derek Brunson

He accepted the flaws in his game plan, and said, “I was looking to put him away. In my mind, I was like I got to put this guy away, I got to put this guy away. It wasn’t happening and by mid-second round is when I really gassed out,”

Shahbazyan later added, “People think I was completely out in that fight, I wasn’t out. It looks like I’m out, but I was consciously there. Went to the doctor’s, I recited everything, I’m just exhausted. I remember every moment in the fight. When you get that adrenaline dump, you need at least 20-30 minutes to recover from.”

“Everybody loses at some point and I’m happy this happened and I took it as a big-time learning lesson,”

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