by Al Yu – MMAWeekly.com
Team Curran fighter Nate Mohr makes his return to the Octagon at Ultimate Fighting Championships 79. Having recovered from a broken right hand, Mohr is set to face “The Ultimate Fighter” season five runner-up Manny Gamburyan.
“I know his strengths, I know he is tough and where he lacks,” said Mohr about his opponent. “I feel like he is a good match-up for me.
“I am not going to train differently because I always prepare for wrestlers. I don’t mind being on my back, but would rather be standing or on top. Being from Iowa originally, I respect wrestling a lot and I always trained in wrestling.”
Mohr earned his first Octagon victory last June with a unanimous decision over Luke Caudillo at UFC Fight Night 10. The Illinois resident suffered a broken hand during the fight. Subsequent healing complications kept him out of a potential match against Jeremy Stephens at UFC 76.
“I feel great and the hand is finally feeling as close to normal as it can be considering what happened to it. I can’t wait to get in there and mix it up!”
“Nate’s training is going awesome,” commented Jeff Curran, his trainer. “He has been working very hard on everything and I think he will really begin to fall into his own soon and open some eyes in the lightweight division.”
Manny Gamburyan faced Nate Diaz on “The Ultimate Fighter” season finale. He fell short of becoming the Ultimate Fighter when he suffered a dislocated shoulder during a takedown attempt in the second round. The 26-year old fighter was medically suspended until Dec. 21.
UFC 79 takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Dec. 29. The event will be headlined by a match-up between “The Ultimate Fighter” coaches Matt Serra and Matt Hughes. Serra makes the first defense of his welterweight belt since dethroning Georges St-Pierre in April.
Also on the card is a highly anticipated match between former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell and former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva.