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Manny Gamburyan
Մանվել Գամբուրյան
Born (1981-05-08) May 8, 1981 (age 33)
Gyumri, Armenia
Native name Մանվել Գամբուրյան
Other names The Pitbull, The Anvil
Nationality Armenian
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division Featherweight
Lightweight
Welterweight
Reach 67 in (170 cm)
Fighting out of North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Team Team Hayastan
Glendale Fighting Club
S.K. Golden Boys
Rank Third dan black belt in Judo[1]
Second dan black belt in Kyokushin
Years active 1999–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 22
Wins 13
By knockout 2
By submission 6
By decision 5
Losses 8
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 5
No contests 1
Other information
Notable relatives Karo Parisyan, cousin
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Manvel "Manny" Gamburyan (Armenian: Մանվել Գամբուրյան; born May 8, 1981) is an Armenian mixed martial artist. He was a cast member of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter 5, and has also competed in the WEC. Gamburyan is currently fighting in the Featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Background[edit]

In May 1991, Gamburyan's family relocated from Armenia to the United States. Shortly after his arrival, he began training in judo at Gokor Chivichyan and Gene LeBell's Hayastan MMA Academy, quickly becoming one of the top judokan in the country, winning junior nationals less than two years later. He went on to win junior nationals eight times, the junior Olympics once, and was a member of the 2000 Junior World Team. Later, Gamburyan also began training in Kyokushin Karate.

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Gamburyan began his career in mixed martial arts in 1999 at the age of 17. He won his first four fights, then lost a decision to future UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk in 2001. Gamburyan's cousin Karo Parisyan nicknamed him "The Pitbull" for the tenacity he displayed in the fight.

The Ultimate Fighter[edit]

In 2007, Gamburyan 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 and Thiago Alves.[2]

Gamburyan defeated Noah Thomas by kimura lock in the preliminary round. In his next matchup, Gamburyan defeated Matt Wiman to advance to the semifinal round.

In the semifinal round, Gamburyan beat Joe Lauzon in a unanimous decision and advanced to the finale with Nate Diaz. He was considered an underdog in each of his fights, in part due to his short stature. After the Lauzon fight, UFC president Dana White personally apologized to Gamburyan for doubting him.[3] In the finale, Gamburyan controlled Diaz for the majority of the fight, but was forced to tap out in the second round due to punches after dislocating his right shoulder on an unsuccessful takedown attempt.[4]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Despite losing the show, Gamburyan secured a UFC contract with his performance. 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. Gamburyan raised some controversy in the Cox fight by delivering a spinning leg kick after feigning the mutual tap of gloves that is often seen at the beginning of the match. The crowd in attendance reacted with heavy booing.

He returned to action at UFC 87 and was knocked out in 12 seconds, one of the fastest knockouts in UFC history, by Rob Emerson.

At UFC 94, Gamburyan lost to Thiago Tavares in a back and forth fight via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

World Extreme Cagefighting[edit]

After his loss to Tavares, Gamburyan decided to drop down to the featherweight division and fight in the Zuffa-owned WEC.

Gamburyan's first fight at featherweight was a decision win over John Franchi at WEC 41.

Gamburyan defeated Leonard Garcia on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44 via unanimous decision.[5]

Gamburyan fought former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Brown at WEC 48.[6] He won by knockout in the first round as well as getting the Knockout of the Night bonus of $65,000.[7][8]

Gamburyan lost via second round KO to José Aldo in a bout for the WEC Featherweight Championship on September 30, 2010 at WEC 51.[9]

UFC return[edit]

On October 28, 2010, World Extreme Cagefighting merged with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. As part of the merger, all WEC fighters were transferred to the UFC.[10]

Gamburyan was expected to face Raphael Assunção on March 19, 2011 at UFC 128,[11] but was forced out of the bout with a back injury[12] and replaced by Erik Koch.[13]

Gamburyan next faced Tyson Griffin on June 26, 2011 at UFC on Versus 4.[14] He lost the fight via majority decision.

Gamburyan was expected to face Diego Nunes on September 24, 2011 at UFC 135,[15] but was forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a shoulder injury.[16] The bout ultimately took place at UFC 141 and Gamburyan lost via unanimous decision.[17]

Gamburyan defeated Michihiro Omigawa via unanimous decision on August 4, 2012 at UFC on FOX 4.[18]

Gamburyan was expected to face Chad Mendes on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157.[19] However, Gamburyan was forced out of the bout with a thumb injury.[20] Mendes was then pulled from the card as a suitable replacement could not be found on short notice.[21]

Gamburyan was expected to face Hacran Dias on May 18, 2013 at UFC on FX 8.[22] However, Gamburyan was forced to pull out of the bout citing another injury and was replaced by Nik Lentz.[23]

Gamburyan faced Cole Miller on August 17, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26.[24] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

Gamburyan faced Dennis Siver on December 28, 2013 at UFC 168.[25] He lost the fight via unanimous decision. Subsequently, Siver failed a post fight drug screening, testing positive for banned substances. As a result, the decision was changed to a "No Contest".[26]

Gamburyan faced Nik Lentz on May 10, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 40.[27] He lost the fight via unanimous decision.

Personal life[edit]

He is the older cousin of UFC veteran Karo Parisyan. Gamburyan is also one of Ronda Rousey's main coaches.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 13–8 (1) Nik Lentz Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva May 10, 2014 3 5:00 Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
NC 13–7 (1) Dennis Siver NC (overturned) UFC 168 December 28, 2013 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Scored a unanimous decision loss; Overturned after Siver tested positive for hCG.
Win 13–7 Cole Miller Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen August 17, 2013 3 5:00 Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Win 12–7 Michihiro Omigawa Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera August 4, 2012 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Loss 11–7 Diego Nunes Decision (unanimous) UFC 141 December 30, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 11–6 Tyson Griffin Decision (majority) UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry June 26, 2011 3 5:00 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Loss 11–5 José Aldo KO (punches) WEC 51 September 30, 2010 2 1:32 Broomfield, Colorado, United States For WEC Featherweight Championship.
Win 11–4 Mike Brown KO (punches) WEC 48 April 24, 2010 1 2:22 Sacramento, California, United States Knockout of the Night
Win 10–4 Leonard Garcia Decision (unanimous) WEC 44 November 18, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 9–4 John Franchi Decision (unanimous) WEC 41 June 7, 2009 3 5:00 Sacramento, California, United States Debut at Featherweight
Loss 8–4 Thiago Tavares Decision (unanimous) UFC 94 January 31, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 8–3 Rob Emerson KO (punches) UFC 87 August 9, 2008 1 0:12 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 8–2 Jeff Cox Submission (guillotine choke) UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Lauzon March 2, 2008 1 1:41 Broomfield, Colorado, United States
Win 7–2 Nate Mohr Submission (achilles lock) UFC 79 December 29, 2007 1 1:31 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 6–2 Nate Diaz Submission (shoulder injury) The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale June 23, 2007 2 0:20 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost The Ultimate Fighter 5
Win 6–1 Sammy Morgan Decision (unanimous) RSF: Shooto Challenge 2 January 2, 2004 3 5:00 Belleville, Illinois, United States
Win 5–1 Jorge Santiago KO (punch) KOTC 27: Aftermath August 10, 2003 1 0:21 San Jacinto, California, United States
Loss 4–1 Sean Sherk Decision (unanimous) Reality Submission Fighting 3 March 30, 2001 1 18:00 Belleville, Illinois, United States
Win 4–0 Pat Benson Submission (guillotine choke) Reality Submission Fighting 2 January 2, 2001 1 2:01 Belleville, Illinois, United States
Win 3–0 Darren Bryant Submission (heel hook) Kage Kombat 14 March 5, 1999 1 0:35 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 2–0 Timothy Morris Technical Submission (choke) Kage Kombat 12 February 1, 1999 1 0:16 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 1–0 Danny Henderson Submission (armbar) Kage Kombat 12 February 1, 1999 1 0:17 Los Angeles, California, United States

References[edit]

  1. ^ Al Stover (August 10, 2013). "Manny Gamburyan will not hindered by injuries". cagepages.com. 
  2. ^ Gamburyan, Manvel. Interview with Manvel Gamburyan. Kevin and Bean. KROQ-FM, Los Angeles. 18 June 2007.
  3. ^ Five Ounces of Pain - Interview with Manny Gamburyan
  4. ^ ResuMMA.com - Manvel "The Anvil" Gamburyan Interview
  5. ^ "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo results". www.wec.tv/index.cfmom. 2009-11-19. 
  6. ^ "Mike Brown vs Manny Gamburyan on tap for WEC 48 on April 24". mmamania.com. February 3, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Aldo vs Faber Post-Fight Press Conference News and Notes". BLOODYELBOW.com. 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  8. ^ "WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber - Live Results and Commentary". BLOODYELBOW.com. 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2010-04-25. 
  9. ^ "ALDO VS. GAMBURYAN SET FOR WEC 51 MAIN EVENT". MMAWeekly.com. 07-12-2010. 
  10. ^ "UFC and WEC set to merge in 2011; events to air on Versus and Spike TV". mmajunkie.com. October 28, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Gamburyan vs. Assuncao Official For UFC 128". MMAWeekly.com. 2011-01-13. 
  12. ^ "Manny Gamburyan Pulls Out Of UFC 128". mmafighting.com. February 25, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Erik Koch vs. Raphael Assuncao In The Works for UFC 128 in New Jersey". mmaweekly.com. February 26, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Tyson Griffin meets featherweight Manny Gamburyan at UFC on Versus 4". mmajunkie.com. April 5, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Diego Nunes vs Manny Gamburyan fight announced for Sept. 24 in Denver". mmamania.com. July 22, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Injured Manny Gamburyan out of UFC 135 fight with Diego Nunes". mmajunkie.com. August 15, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Manny Gamburyan vs Diego Nunes Back On for UFC 141". mmaweekly.com. October 31, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Michihiro Omigawa vs. Manny Gamburyan in Place for UFC on FOX 4". mmafighting.com. May 19, 2012. 
  19. ^ Gordon, Grant (December 19, 2012). "Gamburyan to face Mendes at UFC 157". glendalenewspress.com. 
  20. ^ Pishna, Ken (2013-02-08). "Manny Gamburyan Forced Out of UFC 157; Chad Mendes Awaits New Opponent". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  21. ^ Staff (2013-02-08). "With no opponent, Chad Mendes off next week's UFC 157card". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  22. ^ Ian Bain (March 19, 2013). "UFC on FX 8 adds Dias-Gamburyan". mmaopionion.co.uk. Retrieved March 19, 2013. 
  23. ^ Staff (2013-03-25). "Nik Lentz replaces Manny Gamburyan, meets Hacran Dias at UFC on FX 8". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  24. ^ Staff (2013-06-12). "Manny Gamburyan vs. Cole Miller Added to UFC on Fox Sports 1 Event in Boston". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-06-12. 
  25. ^ Staff (September 25, 2013). "Dennis Siver vs. Manny Gamburyan added to UFC 168". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  26. ^ Staff (April 24, 2014). "UFC's Dennis Siver fined and suspended for failed drug test, win overturned". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  27. ^ Staff (February 20, 2014). "Manny Gamburyan vs. Nik Lentz added to UFC Fight Night in Cincinnati". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 

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