As per Sherdog’s world MMA rankings, our very own Manny Gamburyan has been ranked #2 in the world after his victory on Saturday night April 24th:
1. Jose Aldo (17-1)
Aldo’s first WEC title defense against Urijah Faber was supposed to be a test of the well-rounded skills of the young Brazilian dynamo. It wound up being a test of his humanity instead, as he brutally crushed “The California Kid” with low kicks for the duration of their 25-minute bout. After his dominant performance to cap the promotion’s biggest event, the trick for WEC brass will now be making challengers seem threatening to Aldo.
2. Manny Gamburyan (11-4)
After two bouts at 145 pounds — assumed to be his more natural weight class — Gamburyan had not set the world on fire, despite winning both. However, in his WEC 48 bout with former divisional king Mike Thomas Brown, the native Armenian had his coming-out party as a featherweight. He clobbered Brown in the first round to emerge as the likely next challenger for Jose Aldo.
3. Mike Thomas Brown (23-6)
Brown was a healthy favorite heading into his April 24 bout with Manny Gamburyan. There’s a reason that they fight ’em: Gamburyan caught Brown with a big right hand and pounced for the finish, knocking the former champ further down the pecking order at 145 pounds.