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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 on Versus 4’s Live Video Streaming on Facebook

Written on June 21, 2011 by Lulu

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UFC will be giving fight fans several bouts that can be watch for free, this includes UFC on Versus 4 that will be broadcasting its preliminary matches on the UFC's official Facebook page video streaming.

The UFC continues to give their avid fans free video streaming of their upcoming fights. The latest would be UFC on Versus 4, where all the preliminary fights will be aired on Facebook this Sunday night from Pittsburgh. KO Reps confirmed the news last Monday, as they have six fighters on the UFC on Versus 4 card — including four on the preliminary broadcast.

The matches that will be aired for free on Facebook will include Manny Gamburyan vs Tyson Griffin,  Javier Vazquez vs Joe Stevenson,  Curt Warburton vs Joe Lauzon, Rich Attonito vs Daniel Roberts, T.J. Grant vs Charlie Brenneman, Charles Oliveira vs Nik Lentz, Matt Grice vs Ricardo Lamas and Edward Faaloloto vs Michael Johnson.

To watch the live streaming of the fights, just go to the official Facebook page of UFC and click the ‘like’ button. After liking the page, it will enable you to click on the live video feed. The prelim will start at 4:55pm ET on Sunday, June 26, from Pittsburgh Consol Energy Center.

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Jose Aldo Retains WEC Crown

Written on October 01, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The distance between World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion, Jose Aldo, and the rest of the 145-pound division may be wider than first thought. But with Junior retaining his crown, it seems otherwise.

Jose “Junior” Aldo stopped top contender Manny Gamburyan from taking away the belt at the WEC 51 last Thursday. At 92 seconds into round two, Gamburyan surrendered to Aldo’s second round punches and experienced his first defeat in his four WEC appearances. Surviving an early glance with Gamburyan, Aldo attacked his foe with a stream of leg kicks in the first round. He gave his opponent a straight right hand in the second round and approached for the finish. As Gamburyan dropped for a single-leg take-down, Junior handed him an uppercut and wheeled behind him followed by a furious stream of punches that left Manny Gamburyan unconscious.

Referee Herb Dean ended the fight at 1:32 and Aldo retained his crown. The 24-year-old Nova Uniao standout appears to have no equal in the featherweight division as he triumphed his 11th match.

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The Official WEC 51 Fight Card

Written on September 17, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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WEC 51 is now full speed ahead as they grace their way to 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. With all the WEC fighters already in the bill, this can be extreme!

After World Extreme Cagefighting confirmed the remainder of one of its maximal card for 2010, the promotion is now ready to make its debut at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado by the end of the month. The WEC 51 Main Card will air live in the United States via Versus.

The full WEC 51 Official Card is listed after this skip.

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Reinhardt vs Zhang, Official for WEC 51

Written on September 15, 2010 by Markham Mencken

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The supposed to be Zhang vs Karalexis for WEC 51 is now a brawl between Tie Quan Zhang and Jason Reinhardt. Will "The Mongolian Wolf" howl for victory in Broomfield, Colorado?

Last Tuesday, World Extreme Cagefighting has confirmed that Jason Reinhardt will face Tie Quan Zhang on September 30 for WEC 51. Tie Quan “The Mongolian Wolf” Zhang, from Mainland China, was originally enlisted to face Alex Karalexis. However, Karalexis was forced to withdraw from the bout last week. The Mongolian Wolf, who currently resides in Beijing, is sporting a perfect 16-0 record in the match. To duel against him is Jason Reinhardt, a touch mid-western fighter that carries a peerless record of 20-1. His only defeat was against Joe Lauzon on UFC 78.

WEC 51 is set to step in on September 30, at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The event will crowd-pull the first title defense of Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo against Manny Gamburyan.

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WEC 51 Rolls Out Eight Matches

Written on August 16, 2010 by Clive Wilson

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WEC 51--Sixteen cagefighters. Eight matchups. One fight. All has been set for the extreme action happening on September 30 at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The title match between featherweight defending champion Jose Aldo and “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 5 finalist Manny Gamburyan headlines WEC 51, which will be broadcast live on Versus network. Gamburyan previously knocked out another fellow-enlisted fighter, Mike Thomas Brown. Meanwhile, Maine native Brown has not experienced defeat in consecutive fights for almost six years now. His victories include toppling former featherweight king Urijah Faber twice.

Brown will go against four-time national wrestling championship Cole Province. This will be Province’s first time to get back inside the cage after serving a nine-month suspension after being tested positive for the anabolic steroid Methasterone.

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