Manny Gamburyan Forced Out of UFC 157; Chad Mendes Awaits New Opponent

February 8, 2013
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Manny Gamburyan

Manny Gamburyan

Manny Gamburyan had been beating the drum for another fight in the Octagon for quite some time, and he finally had one – a big one – nailed down with a scheduled bout against Chad Mendes at UFC 157.

Unfortunately, the fight he has been waiting for will have to wait a little bit longer, as sources on Friday said Gamburyan has been forced out of the bout with a possible broken thumb.

Gamburyan rebounded late last year from a three-fight losing streak by defeating Michihiro Omigawa at UFC on Fox 4. He had been pining for a big fight ever since, and landed it with Mendes.

Mendes’ only loss has come to UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, and is still considered one of the top featherweights in the world. He is currently ranked No. 3 in the World MMA Featherweight Rankings.

Mendes has put together back-to-back victories since losing to Aldo, and was looking to Gamburyan, a well-respected fighter, to help propel him back towards a title shot.

Gamburyan will now have to take a step back to recover, while Mendes will continue training, hoping to fight a replacement on the UFC 157 fight card headlined by the first-ever women’s bout in the Octagon. UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey puts her belt on the line against Liz Carmouche in the main event on Feb. 23 in Anaheim, Calif.

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  • King_DG

    Ricardo Lamas!

  • stevemcz11

    damn it!

  • kennybro

    if only ricardo lamas didn’t JUST fight.
    or if korean zombie was healthy.

    maybe give the fight to dennis siver?
    or better yet, hioki. it’s not like he took any damage during his last fight.

  • Diazforprez

    Ricardo Lamas did just fight it but he should still be fresh to go whoopin on Mendez.

  • Mike mckinney

    II have floor seats to 157. Hopefully they scrap the entire fight and put in another that has guys who weigh more than your average high schooler. 😉

  • Mark McDowall

    Is it me or is Manny about as injury prone as they come? I don’t think guys with a history of injuries should be put in big fights due to this.