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Leonard Garcia vs. Manny Gamburyan expected for WEC 44

wec-logoA featherweight bout between Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia and Manny “Pitbull” Gamburyan is in the works for WEC 44.

According to a report on, both UFC lightweight veterans have verbally agreed to the match up and should be made official soon.

Gamburyan 9-4 was a participant on The Ultimate Fighter Season 5, but came up short in the finale with Nate Diaz. In the second round of the bout, Gamburyan suffered a shoulder injury which ultimately cost him the fight. He went on the win his next two fights, but fell in his final two UFC appearances. Respectively, he decided to move to the WEC where he could compete in his more natural weight class of 145 pounds. Gamburyan made his WEC debut at WEC 41 with a unanimous decision win over John Franchi.

Garcia 13-4 also made a name for himself fighting in the UFC before making the switch to the WEC featherweight division. He ended his UFC lightweight career with a record of 1-2, but is remembered by fans for his hard fought decision loss to Roger Huerta back in UFC 69. His debut as a featherweight was at WEC 32, and has gone 3-1 since joining the organization. His lone loss in the WEC came at the hands of Mike Brown, when lost by submission in his championship title bid.

WEC 44 is expected to be on November 18th in Las Vegas, with a rumored championship bout between Mike Brown and Jose Aldo.

  • Bullylover says:

    Gotta go with garcia via tko rd 1 or 2.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    yeah me too

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Gamburyan will try for a takedown anytime there is any space between them. I think we will see(not me anymore because direct tv dropped verses) a boring Manny win a blanket decision here.

  • edbuzz says:

    I like both fighters. I think they are both tough young fighters and the fight should be entertaining so long as Manny’s shoulder doesn’t pop out again like it did versus Nate Diaz. Leonard Garcia vs. Roger Huerta was one of the most entertaining slugfest I’ve ever watched.

  • Bullylover says:

    Manny looked good when he was on the ultimate fighter but after that he hasn’t looke as good. He really likes to go swinging for the fences at times and then he’ll get exposed like he did against Emerson.


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