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“Fight Night” Winners for UFC on FX 5 Announced

Written on October 06, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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“Fight Night” winners for "UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot" event each received a cash bonus of $40,000

UFC officials have announced last friday’s UFC show, “UFC on FX: Browne vs. Bigfoot” event’s “Fight Night” winners. The event was held at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last Friday.

TUF 12 finalist Michael Johnson was awarded with “Knockout of the Night” , while Justin Edwards got the “Submission of the Night” and prelim fighters Diego Nunes and Bart Palaszewski both got the “Fight of the Night” bonus.

Each fighters received a cash bonus of $40,000 for their exemplary performance in their respective bouts.

The televised event was aired in two parts. The main card was aired on FX, while the prelims was shown on FUEL TV.

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Dennis Siver Expects to be “More Explosive” at Featherweight

Written on April 11, 2012 by Avlya Jaie

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UFC veteran Dennis Siver, drops to featherweight after losing to Donald Cerrone last October, at UFC 137.

UFC veteran Dennis Siver will debut as a featherweight fighter in the upcoming UFC on FUEL TV 2 card. Siver recently dropped down to featherweight after getting defeated by Donald Cerrone in last year’s UFC 137 bout.

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MMA Best Fighter: Manny Gamburyan

Written on September 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Another ranked fighter made his way on Fighting Insider's MMA Best Fighter list, and this time he's coming from the featherweight division. Make way to Manvel "Manny" Gamburyan!

Born as Manvel Gamburyan on May 8, 1981, Manny Gamburyan is currently ranked by Sherdog as No. 10 best featherweight MMA fighter. He was a cast member of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter Season 5, and has fought for UFC and King of the Cage. When his family relocated from Armenia to United States in […]

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After Losing Two Bouts, UFC 135 Includes “Yagin VS. Assuncao” Match

Written on September 03, 2011 by Lulu

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After scrapping two matches, UFC 135: Jones vs Rampage now includes "Yagin vs. Assuncao"!

UFC announced on Wednesday night that two bouts included UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage were scrapped. The said matches are the featherweight showdown between Diego Nunes and Manny Gamburyan, and the bantamweight clash pitting Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto vs Damacio Page. The fighters bowed out from the upcoming tournament due to the injuries. However, one match was added to the event: A face-off between the returning UFC veteran – Junior Assuncao – and the newest fighter of UFC, Eddie Yagin.

It is almost four years since the last time Junior Assuncao steps in the Octagon. He went 7-1 since, including victories from his six most recent bouts. On the other hand, Eddie Yagin – who have a career stats of 15-4-1 – also gone 7-1 in his recent bouts. After defeating former Bellator champion, Joe Soto, at Tachi Palace Fights 10 in August, he finally earned his shot in the UFC after more than a decade of fighting professionally.

The two fighters will likely be in the preliminary fight card of UFC 135 that will take place on Denver on September 24.

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Diego Nunes Exits UFC 135, to Face Manny Gamburyan in December

Written on August 30, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Diego Nunes withdraws from his upcoming match at UFC 135 due to injury and personal problems. Will the fight card be reshuffled?

Previously slated to face Manny Gamburyan at UFC 135: Jones vs Rampage, featherweight fighter – Diego Nunes – bows out from his scheduled match. His original opponent, Manny Gamburyan, exits from the said bout last August 15 due to injury. Then last Monday, he decided not to accept another match up due to personal problems and afflictions.

Diego Nunes explained at Sherdog.com last Monday:

“I won’t fight [at UFC 135] anymore. The UFC didn’t find an opponent quickly and I also got injured in training. I’m suffering with painful tendonitis in my left arm, and I also had a problem in my hometown, where some people tried to murder my father. It was the best decision [to postpone the fight] so I can travel south to see my family.”

But despite that, the 28-year-old featherweight fighter intends to return to action against Manny Gamburyan with whom he has a personal grudge. While noting that he could  come back by December, Diego Nunes added:

“I think I will face him. That’s my main focus now. When I give the green light to my manager, after I’m fully recovered, I’ll talk to him and see if the UFC can match us. I would rather fight more tough and named guys, but we have this feud and it will be cool.”

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Manny Gamburyan, Scrapped From UFC 135 Due to Injury

Written on August 16, 2011 by Lulu

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Manny Gamburyan suffered a shoulder injury, forcing him to bow out from his upcoming match against Diego Nunes at UFC 135.

Manny Gamburyan was forced out of his UFC 135 bout against Diego Nunes due to shoulder injury. The fighter announced the news through his Twitter account on Monday.

The former WEC featherweight contender was supposed to return to the Octagon after his loss to Tyson Griffin back in June in a close decision match.

There are still no words yet on a potential replacement for Manny Gamburyan. However, matchmaker – Sean Shelby – will likely not take a long period of time before he find a viable candidate.

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UFC 131: Dos Santos vs Carwin Main Card Preview

Written on June 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Before UFC 131 kicks off tonight, check out Fighting Insider's main card preview for the upcoming match.

Brock Lesnar’s forced withdrawal from his UFC 131 bout against Junior Dos Santos due to health issues opens the door for Shane Carwin. And with a heavyweight title shot possible to be the winner’s reward, fans can bet that both Junior Dos Santos and Shane Carwin will make a statement to get a crack at Cain Velasquez. The Dos Santos vs Carwin bout will surely end violently, but the rest of the main card is also ripe with meaningful plot.

Take a look at Fighting Insider’s UFC 131 main card preview after the skip.

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Kenny Florian Founds a New Home in Featherweight

Written on June 10, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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After depriving himself of all the foods the missed munching at, Kenny Florian will finally make his featherweight debut this Saturday at UFC 131.

Kenny Florian, who celebrated his birthday two weeks ago, hasn’t eaten much lately in preparation for his UFC 131 co-main event bout against Diego Nunes. This coming Saturday, KenFlo will make his debut at the featherweight division at the Roger’s Arena in Vancouver, Canada. That said, he will be the first fighter in the history of UFC to compete in four different divisions.

Kenny Florian is one of the many fighters who dropped from featherweight since the promotion introduced the weight class, following the UFC-WEC merger earlier this year. Notable fighters like Joe Stevenson, Tyson Griffin and Darren Elkins followed the same course.

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Toner vs Nunes Joins in the WEC 51 Roll

Written on August 24, 2010 by Clive Wilson

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World Extreme Cagefighting is down to finalizing its fights' list for WEC 51, which will be held at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. Now the promotion has added another match-up to the preliminary fight.

Once-beaten featherweight fighters Diego Nunes and Tyler Toner goes into a toe-to-toe encounter. Who will remain once-beaten and who will incur his second lost in this fight? That we have to tune in to comes the September event.

Four-year pro Toney primarily fought in the Colorado-based Ring of Fire before coming in for his promotional debut at WEC 48. In that event, he finished Brandon Visher with consecutive elbow strikes that resulted to a first-round TKO. That was his fifth consecutive win, eighth in his career record of 10 victories. His single defeat struck at a Ring of Fire event in 2007 coming from Scott Jorgensen.

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