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Charles Byrd vs Edmen Shahbazyan

Charles Byrd VS Edmen Shahbazyan

Young prospect Edmen Shahbazyan and former Dana White Contender Series participant Charles Byrd lock horns at 185 pounds. They both share their last opponent, hard hitting englishman Darren “the Dentist” Stewart. While Charles Byrd started well against Stewart, he ended up getting knocked out as soon as Stewart started landing. Shahbazyan on the other hand put on a wrestling clinic for two rounds before his gas tank emptied and he was forced to survive in a third round that saw him hurt, ultimately earning a decision win. The young Shahbazyan is a huge 185 pounder who has finished all his fights inside a round in the regional circuit before Stewart. He has a boxing background and as he showed last time out, he is a decent grappler too who can threat oppsition with submissions. Most of his finishes have come by knockout after hurting opponents in the pocket or taking them down and finishing with ground and pound. He is no doubt dangerous, but elected to wrestle against the hard hitting, iron chinned Stewart. He trains under the always controversial Edmon Tarverdyan, former Ronda Rousey´s trainer.
Charles Byrd is a very good athelete, compact and explosive, with decent power and some grappling skills of his own.His striking is basic yet well educated, he uses a decent power double to take opposition down if needed, and can threat with submissions there too. However, he already has five losses and all of his wins have come against subpar opposition. He also does not seem to take punches very well. He fights out of the much respected Fortis MMA camp.

In my opinion, the clash of styles here favours Shabazyan. He is bigger, stronger and more powerful, and appears to be the better wrestler. Byrd is more of an athlete than a fighter. Also, Byrd appeared to be very uncomfortable in the clinch and short distance against Stewart, where Shahbazyan shines with his dirty boxing inside the pocket. There have been concerns about his gas tank after the Stewart fight but I think it had more to do with him going at a crazy pace than anything else. The pick here is Shahbazyan to stay close to Byrd and find a finish after hurting him up close or taking him down, probably via submission. Oddsmakers have this fight pretty much a pick´em up, with Edmen the slight favourite. Edmen inside the distance and Edmen by submission, which is stupidly high priced, hold value here.