by Tom Hamlin – MMAWeekly.com
Lightweight prospect Manny Gamburyan is returning to action at the UFC’s Super Bowl weekend card, UFC 94, on Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. Gamburyan confirmed the fight to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday.
Though bout agreements have not been signed, he says he has agreed to face Brazilian Thiago Tavares. Tavares’ American representatives were unavailable for comment.
Gamburyan, 27, has gone 2-1 in the UFC since an injury loss to Nate Diaz dashed his chance at winning the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The Armenian fighter caught another piece of bad luck at UFC 87, losing by quick knockout to fellow Ultimate Fighter 5 alum Rob Emerson.
Tavares, 23, is coming off two losses, most recently to Kurt Pellegrino at UFC 88. Despite impressive performances in all showings, the Brazilian has a .500 record in the Octagon with three wins and three losses.
“He’s a phenomenal fighter,” Gamburyan said. “I’m really happy I’m fighting him. With a good victory, that’s going to put me on top for sure.”