November 4, 2009 By admin
Gamburyan began his career in 1999 at the age of 17. He won his first three fights, then lost a decision to future lightweight champion Sean Sherk in 2001. His cousin Karo Parisyan nicknamed him “Pitbull” for the tenacity he displayed in the fight.
In 2007, Manny appeared on the reality show The Ultimate Fighter 5, fighting on Jens Pulver’s team. His nickname was changed to “Anvil” for his UFC career because “Pitbull” was already taken by other UFC fighters such as Andrei Arlovski. Manny defeated Noah Thomas by kimura lock in the preliminary round. In his next matchup, Manny defeated Matt Wiman to advance to the semifinal round. In the semifinal round, Manny beat Joe Lauzon in a unanimous decision and advanced to the finale with Nathan Diaz. He was considered an underdog in each of his fights, in part due to his stature. After the Lauzon fight, UFC president Dana White personally apologized to Gamburyan for doubting him. In the finale, Gamburyan controlled Diaz for the majority of the fight, but tapped out in the second round after dislocating his right shoulder on a successful takedown attempt.
Despite losing the show, Manny moved on the UFC nd soon became a fan favorite. He won his next two UFC fights, defeating Nate Mohr by ankle lock at UFC 79 and Jeff Cox by guillotine choke at UFC Fight Night 13. At UFC 87 he lost via KO to Rob Emerson.
After his recent defeat to fellow UFC lightweight Thiago Tavares at UFC 94, Manny decided to drop down to the UFC owned WEC’s featherweight division (145 pounds). He will be a welcomed addition and an immediate title contender in a division that already boasts current WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown, Former Champion and perenial 145 powerhouse Urijah Faber, former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens Pulver, and former UFC Lightweight and contender Leonard Garcia. The WEC just got whole lot more interesting!!!