Former featherweight title-contender Manny Gamburyan will look to avoid a three-fight skid this September when he takes on 16-2 Brazilian Diego Nunes at UFC 135 in Denver. Both men are recognized as fierce competitors and happen to be coming off losses making the match-up a “can’t miss” affair for hardcore MMA fans.
Their addition to the September 24 card was announced through the UFC’s website.
Gamburyan, a 155-pound finalist on TUF 5, had won a trio of bouts in WEC before falling to current champ Jose Aldo and subsequently being outpointed by Tyson Griffin in his return to the Octagon last month. He holds an overall record of 11-6 with a number of impressive performances under his belt including knockouts of Mike Brown and Jorge Santiago.
Nova Uniao’s Nunes also competed in June, suffering a hard-fought Unanimous Decision defeat to Ken Florian at UFC 131. The 28-year old has yet to be stopped in his career while racking up victories over Brown, Tyler Toner, and Raphael Assuncao under the Zuffa banner.
The preliminary pairing adds to what is already a number of other interesting offerings at UFC 135 including Nate Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi, Matt Hughes vs. Diego Sanchez, and of course a battle between headliners Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
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