Edmen Shahbazyan and Dalcha Lungiambula faced off in a middleweight bout at UFC Vegas 37 on September 18th, 2021. Shahbazyan, a highly-touted prospect, came into the fight looking to rebound from his first career loss, while Lungiambula was looking to extend his winning streak to three fights. The fight was an intense back-and-forth battle that saw both fighters land significant strikes and grappling exchanges.
In the first round, Shahbazyan had success early on with his striking, landing some solid punches and kicks. However, Lungiambula was able to weather the storm and began to gain momentum as the round progressed, landing some big shots of his own and securing a takedown. In the second round, Lungiambula continued to control the pace of the fight, taking Shahbazyan down multiple times and landing ground-and-pound strikes. Shahbazyan showed his toughness by surviving the onslaught and continuing to fight back, but Lungiambula’s dominance on the ground earned him the round.
In the third and final round, Shahbazyan came out with a sense of urgency, knowing that he needed a finish to win the fight. He had some success on the feet, but Lungiambula was able to take him down again and control him on the ground for the remainder of the fight. When the final bell rang, it was clear that Lungiambula had done enough to win the fight, earning a unanimous decision victory over Shahbazyan. It was a hard-fought battle between two talented middleweights, but Lungiambula’s grappling and ground-and-pound proved to be the difference-maker in the end.