Manny Gamburyan Eyes June UFC Return, Hopes to Fight At TUF 13 Finale

Manny Gamburyan at WEC 44

Manny Gamburyan at WEC 44

UFC featherweight Manny Gamburyan tells that he is healing up nicely from the back injury he sustained in training last month, and is pushing to make his long-awaited Octagon return in June.

According to Gamburyan, he’s ready and wants a shot at being on “The Ultimate Fighter 13” finale on June 4.

“I’m feeling very good, good to go,” Gamburyan told

Although he currently has no opponent lined up, the Armenian-born mixed martial artist expressed a desire to be part of the finale of the show that helped him gain so much notoriety.

“I (would) love to be on that (TUF 13 finale) card,” he said. “I really (want to) fight June 4th (at the) Palms.”

Gamburyan (11-5) was last seen fighting Jose Aldo for the WEC featherweight championship at WEC 52 in September of 2010. The former Ultimate Fighter finalist fell victim to the precision strikes of the WEC champion, losing via technical knockout in the second round.

Since then, Gamburyan was scheduled to face Raphael Assuncao at UFC 128, but as reported, he was forced to step out of the fight due to a back injury he sustained during training. The fight was scheduled to be Gamburyan’s first in the UFC since dropping a decision to Thiago Tavares at UFC 94: St. Pierre vs. Penn 2 in January of 2009.

With a win in June, Gamburyan could be back in the mix at 145 pounds.

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