Manny Gamburyan, the Ultimate Fighter 5 runner-up, will face fellow cast member Rob Emerson at UFC 87 on August 9th in Minnesota. Gamburyan’s cousin, Karo Parisyan, will also be fighting at the August event against an opponent to-be-determined.
MMAFrenzy.com confirmed the additions to the fight card earlier today.
Gamburyan (8-2) won his way into “The Ultimate Fighter 5” finals with victories over Noah Thomas, Matt Wiman, and Joe Lauzon. At The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale in June 2007, Gamburyan faced Nate Diaz and won the opening round before being forced to submit in round two after dislocating his shoulder on a takedown attempt. After rehabbing the shoulder injury, Gamburyan has posted back-to-back UFC wins over Nate Mohr and Jeff Cox.
Emerson (7-6) started his professional career with loses in six of his fiirs eight bouts but win four straight to earn a spot in The Ultimate Fighter house. He suffered two losses on “The Ultimate Fighter 5”, losing to eventual show winner Nate Diaz and, after returning to the tournament after Gabe Ruediger failed to make weight, Corey Hill. At the Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale, Emerson submitted due to a slam by opponent Gray Naynard but Maynard was knocked unconscious by the attempt and the bout was ruled a no contest. Emerson defeated Keita Nakamura via split decision at UFC 81 in February.
Prior to his UFC Fight Night 13 bout against Thiago Alves, Pariyan (18-5) had won seven of his past eight UFC fights, his lone loss coming against Diego Sanchez, and was believed to be next in line for a welterweight title shot. In the April bout, however, Alves upset Parisyan, knocking him out early in round two. He holds notable wins over Matt Serra, Nick Diaz, Drew Fickett, and Nick Thompson.
The fight card for UFC 87 “Seek and Destroy” has grown quickly in recent days. Here’s the latest rumored lineup for the August 9th event:
- Georges St-Pierre vs. Jon Fitch
UFC Welterweight Championship
- Brock Lesnar vs.Heath Herring
- Kenny Florian vs. Roger Huerta
- Clay Guida vs. Mac Danzig
- Jason MacDonald vs. Demian Maia
- Cheick Kongo vs. Dan Evensen
- Manny Gamburyan vs.Rob Emerson
- Luke Cummo vs. Tamdan McCrory
- Chris Wilson vs. Steve Bruno
- Karo Parisyan vs. TBD
- George Sotiropoulos vs. TBD
- Frank Edgar vs. TBD
For the latest rumored UFC fight cards check out the MMAFrenzy.com rumors section.