Anthony Hernandez bounced back after a slow start and dominated Edmen Shahbazyan in the co-main event of the UFC Vegas 73. The middleweight bout showcased Hernandez’s resilience and grit as he weathered Shahbazyan’s early striking onslaught, eventually taking control of the fight on the ground.
The first round saw Shahbazyan landing clean shots and keeping Hernandez off-balance with a consistent jab. However, Hernandez turned the tide in the second, continually pushing forward and unleashing heavy punches and elbows. His ground and pound also caused significant damage to Shahbazyan, nearly ending the fight.
In the third round, Hernandez picked up where he left off, overpowering Shahbazyan with an unrelenting pace. As the damage continued to accumulate, the referee was left with no other choice but to stop the fight just over one minute into the final round.
Hernandez’s efforts earned him his fourth consecutive victory, cementing his position as a formidable middleweight. Meanwhile, Shahbazyan’s struggles continue with a record of 1-4 in his last five UFC appearances.