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HyeFighter Gamburyan Happy Being The Underdog Against Aldo

Source: MMAWeekly
Former UFC lightweight and current number one WEC featherweight contender Manvil Gamburyan recently spoke with MMAWeekly.com about earning a title shot against featherweight destroyer Jose Aldo and on relishing the underdog role he has been cast in against Aldo.

Gamburyan joined the UFC’s lightweight division after a stint on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter in which he lost in the finals to Nate Diaz after his shoulder dislocated, forcing him to tap. Gamburyan would go 2-2 in the UFC after that fight and would drop to the WEC’s featherweight class after posting two losses in a row in the UFC. Since joining the WEC, Gamburyan has gone 3-0 and recently earned a shot at champion Jose Aldo’s belt by knocking out former champion Mike Brown in the first round of their WEC 48 match. Gamburyan said that the manner in which he defeated Brown likely secured him the title shot.

“I know it made the decision easy for the WEC as far as, ‘Is Manny getting the next title shot,'” said Gamburyan. “I made it easy by knocking out Mike Brown. I knew I’d be fighting Aldo or Faber.”

Aldo has been on a tear in the featherweight division, having gone undefeated in seven WEC fights with brutal victories over former champions Mike Brown and Urijah Faber on that list. Aldo is undefeated in his last ten fights overall and only has one loss (dating back to 2005) in eighteen professional fights. Known for his flashy and brutally efficient style, Aldo will be a heavy betting favorite against Gamburyan and the Armenian fighter is perfectly happy to accept the role as underdog.

“To be honest with you, it’s more fun,” said Gamburyan. “When you’re the underdog, you don’t have anything to lose. Like right now, I’ve got nothing to lose. He has what I want, he has everything I need, and I’m going to go out there and take it from him.”

The fighter formerly known as “The Anvil” told MMAWeekly that he has brought in experts in all areas of MMA to prepare for Aldo but has been focusing especially on sharpening his Muay Thai as Aldo is known primarily as a striker (though he owns a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu).

“More Muay Thai guys, more wrestling guys, more jiu-jitsu guys,” Gamburyan said of who he has been bringing in to his camp to help him prepare for Aldo. “I’ve been sparring with Muay Thai guys. They’ve been throwing knees at me and kicks at me, at like 25 miles per hours. I’m bruised every day, I’m cut up every single day, but it is what it is. This is what it’s going to take for the belt. I’m one inch away from my goal so I’m not going to waste my time.”

Gamburyan explained to MMAWeekly that he has nothing but respect for Aldo, that he understands why he has received the accolades and hype that he has but that he is the man to take his belt.

“He’s definitely beatable,” said Gamburyan. “Like I say, he’s the Brazilian phenom, he’s a great fighter that guy. It’s going to be an honor fighting him. I can’t take anything away from him. He’s got very good stand up, good kicks, knees, punches. But I see some weaknesses that I’m working on right now. Hopefully it’s going to be my night Sept. 30. Some people say shock the world, like I was the underdog against Brown. I don’t know if I shocked the world, but I’m going to do the same thing against Jose Aldo.”

Gamburyan and Aldo are set to meet this September 30th at the aptly named WEC 51: Aldo vs. Gamburyan which is scheduled to take place at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

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Title Shot For HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan

With 6 weeks left to the WEC 51 event in Broomfield Colorado, HyeFighter Manny Gamburyan is deep into his training camp with one thing on his mind, a victory on September 30th.  Team Gamburyan is training hard and utilizing all of the resources available, world class resources.  With a “game plan” in hand, Manny, his coaches and training partners are hard at work improving and practicing every day.  So far, everything is progressing to plan and Manny is beginning to look every bit as if an upset of Aldo is inevitable.

When I asked Manny about his “game plan” the only thing he told me was that the biggest difference with him, is going to be the fact that he will not be scared when facing Aldo inside the cage.  His game plan is solid, his team is solid and his performance will be just as solid.  One thing Manny did promise, was that win, lose or draw, he will leave everything in the cage and simply follow his “game plan”.

In the last few weeks, I have been lucky enough to be present at his training sessions at the Glendale Fighting Club, and if I can say one thing for certain, it is that Manny, and the people he has surrounded himself with (as well as myself) believe whole heartedly that a victory for Manny is the only possible outcome.

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HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan Fighting in K1 Tournament in Portugal

HyeFighter Vardan Mnatsakanyan of Spain will be fighting in the WUFC K1 Tournament on September 4th in Viseo Portugal.

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Armenian Top Team Opens

Armenian Top Team Begins Training

Armenian Top Team has officially opened!!!  This elite training camp for professional combat sports athletes has come to fruition as a result of these top athletes training together and helping each other to prepare them for their fights.  The camp is open to any professional boxer, Muay Thai fighter and MMA fighter who would like to be trained for their fights.  Stay tuned…more to come…..

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HyeFighter Gasparyan Wins in St. Louis

HyeFighter welterweight Vardan Gasparyvan (12-2-5, 6 KOs) used a variety of combinations in stopping a very tough, rugged Jesse Davis (11-19-1, 8KOs) at 2:43 of the 2nd round. Gasparyan fired off a series of left uppercuts followed by crushing right hands and eventually Referee Celestino Ruiz was forced to stop the action.

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HYEFIGHTER of the month: July 2010 Gago Drago

HyeFighter of the month - July 2010: Gago Drago

HyeFighter Gago Drago wins the Enfusion Muay Thai Tournament Championship by beating 2 fighters in the same night.

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2010 July – Fight Results Summary

July 2010 (10 Wins 4 Losses 1 Draws) 67% Win

KICKBOXING - WIN
July 9, 2010
Gago Drago KO's Barnhill in Round 2
KICKBOXING - WIN
July 9, 2010
Gago Drago beats Pajonsuk at the Enfusion Finals in Lisbon
KICKBOXING - LOSSJuly 9, 2010
Armen Petrosyan loses to Pajonsuk in Extra Rounds
BOXING - WINJuly 9, 2010
Stepan Zeytunyan beats Santa Cruz Chacon Soltero via UD in Denver
MMA - WINJuly 10, 2010
Gegard Mousasi Submits Jake O'Brien at 0:31 of Round 1
MMA - WINJuly 10, 2010
Karo Parisyan Submits Ben Mortimer in round 2
BOXING - WINJuly 16, 2010
Leva Kirakosyan KO's Francisco Nohales in the 2nd to capture the EBU (European) super featherweight title in Toulon, France
BOXING - WINJuly 16, 2010
Hamlet Petrosyan beats Semjons Moroseks via UD in Toulon France
MMA - WINJuly 17, 2010
Artyom Hovhannisyan beats Christian Favela via Unanimous Decision at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California
BOXING - DRAW
July 17, 2010
Suzi Kentikian vs. Arely Mucino declared a Technical Draw due to Head Butt
MMA - WINJuly 24, 2010
Haik Tsaturyan beats Tomas Wolf via UD at Respect In The Cage's WW3
MMA - WINJuly 24, 2010
Jared Papazian beats Maurice Eazel via TKO at Respect In The Cage's WW3
BOXING - LOSSJuly 31, 2010
Khoren Gevor loses to Dimitri Sartison via points
MMA - LOSSJuly 31, 2010
Grigor Aschugbabjan loses to Jasmin Becirovic by points
BOXING - LOSSJuly 31, 2010
Karen Tevosyan loses to Albert Mensah via UD
9thGago Drago KO's Barnhill in Round 2WIN - KICKBOXING
9thGago Drago beats Pajonsuk at the Enfusion Finals in LisbonWIN - KICKBOXING
9thArmen Petrosyan loses to Pajonsuk in Extra RoundsLOSS - KICKBOXING
9thStepan Zeytunyan beats Santa Cruz Chacon Soltero via UD in DenverWIN - BOXING
10thGegard Mousasi Submits Jake O'Brien at 0:31 of Round 1WIN - MMA
10thKaro Parisyan Submits Ben Mortimer in round 2WIN - MMA
16thLeva Kirakosyan KO's Francisco Nohales in the 2nd to capture the EBU (European) super featherweight title in Toulon, FranceWIN - BOXING
16thHamlet Petrosyan beats Semjons Moroseks via UD in Toulon FranceWIN - BOXING
17thArtyom Hovhannisyan beats Christian Favela via Unanimous Decision at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California WIN - BOXING
17thSuzi Kentikianr vs. Arely Mucino declared a Technical Draw due to Head Butt TECHNICAL DRAW - BOXING
24th Haik Tsaturyan beats Tomas Wolf via UD at Respect In The Cage's WW3WIN - MMA
24th Jared Papazian beats Maurice Eazel via TKO at Respect In The Cage's WW3WIN - MMA
31stKhoren Gevor loses to Dimitri Sartison via pointsLOSS - BOXING
31stGrigor Aschugbabjan loses to Jasmin Becirovic by pointsLOSS - MMA
31stKaren Tevosyan loses to Albert Mensah via UDLOSS - BOXING
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Two HyeFighters On The Next Ultimate Fighter Show

Spike TV has announced the cast for this upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter 12, which premieres Sept. 15. – VIDEO BELOW ON BOTTOM OF PAGE:

28 lightweights will compete in a tournament to determine a winner of a six-figure UFC contract. The coaches this season are UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and No. 1 contender Josh Koscheck.

Out of the 28 fighters, there will be 2 HyeFighters on the show; Sako Chivitchyan and Sevak Magakian:

Sako Chivitchian, a 26-year-old Armenian out of Los Angles with a record of 5-0.

Sevak Magakian, a 24-year-old from Glendale, Calif. with a record of 8-3.

Joseph “JJ” Ambrose, 23, trains out of AKA in San Jose, Calif.

Paul Barrow, a 24-year-old out of Gracie Tampa in Florida with a record of 3-0.

Jason Brenton, a 23-year-old out of Grand Junction, Colo. with a record of 6-0.

Jonathan Brookins, a 24-year-old out of Orlando, Fla. with a record 11-3.

Mike Budnik, 35, is a WEC veteran from Tulsa, Okla. with a record of 8-4.

Alex Caceres, a 21-year-old from Miami, Fla. with a record of 5-2.

Joseph Duffy, a 22-year-old out of South Wales with a record of 6-0.

Pablo Garza, a 26-year-old out of Grand Forks, N.D. with a record of 8-0.

Toby Grear of Shawnee, Ohio with a record of 7-4-1.

Dan Head, a 23-year-old out training out of Indiana BJJ Academy with a record of 8-2.

Michael Johnson, a 24-year-old from MIssouri with a record of 8-4.

Amir Khillah, a 30-year-old out of Kalamazoo, Mich. with a record of 6-4.

Jeff Lentz, a 21-year-old from New Jersey with a 6-1 record.

Andrew Main, a 21-year-old out of Rockaway, N.J. with a record of 4-1.

Steve Magdaleno, a 28-year-old out of Florence, Calif. with a record of 6-2.

Cody McKenzie, a 22-year-old Alaskan with an 11-0 record.

TJ O’Brien, a 23-year-old from Ohio with a 14-3 record.

Spencer Paige, a 24-year-old with a 7-2 record.

Nam Phan, a 27-year-old Vietnamese American out of Garden Grove, Calif. with 16-7 record.

Mike Richman is a former marine with an undefeated record of 8-0.

Ariel Sexton of San Jose, Costa Rica holds a record of 6-2.

Marc Stevens a 25-year-old out of Marine, NY with a 12-5 record.

Kyle Watson, 30, is a head jiu-jitsu instructor at Matt Hughes’ H.I.T. Squad gym.

Ran Wathers, a 28-year-old out of Atlanta, Ga. is 14-6.

Aaron Wilkinson of Manchester, England with a 6-3 record.

Dane Sayers of Fargo, N.D. with a 7-1 record.


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