Shahbazyan’s next fight set

Hoover grad to take on Lugiambula at UFC 282.


By Fatima Hernandez and Nelly Navasartian

After suffering three consecutive losses, Edmen Shahbazyan, a former Hoover High School student, is ready for his next fight in Las Vegas, December 10th against Dalcha Lugiambula at UFC 282. 

Shahbazyan enters the fight with an 11-3 MMA record, including 4-3 in the UFC.  Lugiambula is 11-5 with a 2-4 record in the UFC.

During the times where he lost three fights in a row, Ronda Rousey was his manager/advisor in which later on in 2020 had a break off and signed off  The Contender (a series) with her. He felt a change needed to be done in order for him to succeed and win more fights. A year after, he had his UFC debut and ever since he’s been on it. 

His change was moving to Vegas and signing with a new manager/mentor that advised Shabazyan to prepare and train more. 

Ali Abdelaziz, his current manager, agreed to sign Shabazyan as one of his trainees. In an interview with MMA fighting, Shabazyan elaborated on his decision by saying “When I went for the first time to meet up with Ali, he said one of the main things if he signed me was he’s not giving me a fight for like seven or eight months. He just wants me to get to work and improve and just get better,” according to 

This gave him the chance to change his gym for the first time in seven years in which he called Xtreme Couture his home gym. Before even training in gyms, he was at a club in Los Angeles called Glendale fighting Club around 2014. Shahbazyan attended Glendale Highschool but at the time it had no wrestling club so he then transferred to Hoover High and ended his school by participating in our wrestling club sport. From there boxing led him to success. 

During his senior year at Hoover High, Shahbazyan was able to advance and rise up to the CIF State Wrestling Championships. 

He has now been training for 7 or 8 months  with a 11-3-0 Status and is prepared for his huge fight later this year against Lungiambula at the Paradise Arena in Las Vegas.

Losing three fights in a row is rough, and losing a fourth one to Lungiambula might just dent all the hard work he has done.