Charles Byrd vs. Edmen Shahbazyan Added to UFC 235

    Edmen Shahbazyan
    Edmen Shahbazyan Credit: Chris Unger/DWTNCS LLC

    Charles Byrd vs. Edmen Shahbazyan is likely the final addition to the UFC 235 card, which goes down this March.

    The UFC’s next trip to Vegas has added another bout. The Las Vegas Review-Journal was first to report that middleweight Charles Byrd will take on Edmen Shahbazyan at the event. The pairing is the fourteenth fight added to the card, assuming Jon Jones can get licensed in Nevada. Currently, Jones vs. Anthony Smith is slated to headline the card. Tyron Woodley is also set to defend his welterweight title against Kamaru Usman at the event.

    ‘Kid Dynamite’ as Byrd (10-5) is otherwise known will enter the bout off the first loss in his past five bouts. A four fight win streak was snapped when he came up short against Darren Stewart at UFC 228 in September. Stewart won the bout by TKO in the second. Prior to that, however, Byrd had won two straight, including two bouts on the Contender Series, and his UFC debut opposite John Phillips.

    Edmen Shahbazyan (8-0) actually made his UFC debut against Stewart, earning a split decision win at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale. Those of you with MMA Math calculators can start adding things up, but the bottom line is that Shahbazyan will have his perfect record on the line in March.

    UFC 235 takes place March 2 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV.