UFC Fight Night 223 Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Anthony Hernandez 5-20-23 Prediction, Tips and Odds

Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Anthony Hernandez 5/20/23 – Edmen Shahbazyan and Anthony Hernandez will battle it in a highly anticipated three-round middleweight bout on Saturday. Shahbazyan looked to build momentum after ending his three-fight losing streak and won an impressive two-round technical knockout over Dalcha Lungiambula in December 2022. Meanwhile, Hernandez enters this fight riding an impressive three-fight winning streak, most recently defeating Marc-Andre Barriault through submission victory. UFC betting sites are updated in this exciting match, and you can place bets on your best fighters.

Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Anthony Hernandez

Date & Time: Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 7:00 PM ET

Location: UFC APEX, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA


Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Anthony Hernandez 5/20/23 Betting Odds


Moneyline: +190


Moneyline: -225

Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Anthony Hernandez Analysis

Edmen “The Golden Boy” Shahbazyan, 25, will enter the Octagon with an impressive 12 and 3 professional record. Standing 6’2″ and weighing in at 185 lbs; Shahbazyan boasts a wingspan of 74 inches as an orthodox fighter; possessing strong striking, grappling, and submission techniques in his arsenal. Shahbazyan averaged an impressive output of 3.59 significant strikes per minute and displayed an incredible 50% striking accuracy, landing half of them successfully. Defensively, Shahbazyan took in 3.87 significant strikes per minute from opponents yet managed to successfully block 46% of these significant strikes from landing their mark.

Shahbazyan recently defeated Dalcha Lungiambula with an emphatic second-round win, scoring an upset victory with a practical head kick while on the ground. Shahbazyan had an accuracy rate of 50% in landing significant hits, landing 54 out of 107 significant strikes, with 31 of 78 being targeted to the head area, demonstrating his success at targeting this location. Notably, many of the strikes landed by both fighters were executed from long range.

Anthony “Fluffy”  Hernandez, 29, enters the Octagon with an impressive record of 10 wins, 2 losses, and one NC. At 6’0″ and 185 lbs, respectively, Hernandez extends his reach to 75″. Like Shahbazyan, he adopts an orthodox stance and possesses an extensive skill set. Hernandez boasts an average of 4.03 significant strikes landed per minute with an impressive striking accuracy rate of 59%, indicating his ability to connect effectively. Defensively, Hernandez absorbs 3.50 significant strikes per minute while successfully deflecting 47% of them away from him.

In the third round, Hernandez recently defeated Marc-Andre Barriault via an arm triangle submission victory. Hernandez displayed remarkable accuracy during this fight, connecting on 39 of 60 significant strikes attempted at a 65% success rate. Barriault managed to land 31 of 52 significant hits aimed at the head. Out of 53 significant strikes he fired off, 25 landed, including 16 connected directly with his target’s skull.

Edmen Shahbazyan exhibits slightly lower efficiency regarding takedowns than Anthony Hernandez. Shahbazyan averages 2.31 takedowns every 15 minutes with a success rate of 37% on his takedown attempts; however, he demonstrates superior defensive abilities by blocking 65% of opponents’ takedown attempts. Hernandez shows more excellent takedown proficiency, successfully landing 64% of his attempts. Furthermore, his takedown defense was impeccable, successfully blocking 66% of attempts against him.

Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Anthony Hernandez Stats

Wins/Losses/Draws12-3-010-2-0 (1 NC)
Average Fight Time7:137:16
Height6′ 2″6′ 0″
Weight185 lbs.185 lbs.
Strikes Landed per Min.3.594.03
Striking Accuracy50%59%
Strikes Absorbed per Min.3.873.50
Takedowns Average/15 min.2.316.49
Takedown Accuracy37%64%
Takedown Defense65%66%
Submission Average/15 min.0.52.4

Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Anthony Hernandez Free Pick

This fight promises to be an exciting and closely contested contest between two skilled middleweight fighters, Shahbazyan and Hernandez. This match-up could prove an intense contest, given their statistics and recent performances. Shahbazyan may gain an edge with his striking accuracy and ability to block strikes. At the same time, Hernandez stands up with his high offensive output and multi-face skillset as a formidable adversary. According to the latest UFC betting predictions, Hernandez was predicted to win this fight. 

Free Pick: Anthony Hernandez -225