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Israel Adesanya impressed by Edmen Shahbazyan: ‘I’m sure I’ll see him at some point’

Israel Adesanya has officially noticed Edmen Shahbazyan.

Edmen Shahbazyan wants to be the youngest world champion and middleweight kingpin Israel Adesanya is taking notice.

Adesanya (18-0) recently appeared on Joe Rogan’s The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. Rogan brought up Shahbazyan’s (11-0) win over Brad Tavares (17-6). “Stylebender” admitted he was not too familiar with Shahbazyan prior to his thunderous first-round finish of Tavares at UFC 244.

“I saw his fight,” Adesanya told Rogan. “He hit Brad Tavares with the head-kick and that kind of caught my attention like, ‘oh s—t, who is this kid?’”

“He’s at 185, he’s 21. He’s on the come up. I played with Brad for five rounds, he starched him in one round. I’m not taking that lightly. I look at that kid,” Adesanya continued. “Eventually, when that kid comes up, I’m sure I’ll see him at some point. I need to get back to work. Don’t get me wrong I’m working. But you know that FOMO [Fear Of Missing Out].”

In the meantime, Adesanya is angling for a UFC middleweight title defense against Yoel Romero. The potential match-up comes in light of an injury suffered by top contender Paulo Costa. Shahbazyan, meanwhile, is ranked number 10 in the division and poised for a big fight.