In the world of MMA, when a fighter runs into a road block they often change weight classes. If they’re small for the class they’re in they usually shed the extra weight, eat a little less junk, and cut a little more weight on weigh-in day. “The Ultimate Fighter 5” runner-up Manny Gamburyan recently told MMAWeekly that he will be joining the ranks of fighters dropping down in hopes of getting back on track, after a little pressure from the brothers Fertitta that is:
Last summer, Gamburyan said UFC co-owners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta wanted him to make the leap to the WEC’s marquee division after taking on Rob Emerson at UFC 87. But Gamburyan lost, and revised the plan. He would defeat Tavares, challenge two fighters he felt he had unfinished business with (likely Nate Diaz and Sean Sherk), and cut the weight.
Those plans were derailed when Gamburyan suffered a split decision loss to Thiago Tavares at UFC 94 in January. Gamburyan does plan on competing at lightweight again in the future, though in which promotion that may be is, as yet, uncertain. The article went on to give some of the other details related to the decision to move down, and over to the WEC:
“There are a lot of good guys at 145 also,” he said. “Mike Brown, Leonard Garcia, Urijah Faber, Jens Pulver. But I think my ability to drop to 145 – I’m going to be a lot stronger, and quicker. At 155, my technique is my advantage, because the day I’m fighting, I’m 160, 162. The guys are outweighing me by at least 20 pounds every fight, so I don’t think that’s fair.”
Gamburyan does not have a date for his WEC debut, but expects to fight in May or June, depending on the promotion’s schedule.