UFC veteran Manny Gamburyan has called it quits on his mixed martial arts career.
Following a second-round TKO stoppage loss to Johnny Eduardo at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gamburyan addressed the crowd, saying that he thought that it was probably time to end his career.
“This might surprise a lot of people or even my family, my friends. It’s been a long road. It’s been tough. I came out here. It was my first time being in Brazil. I had a great time, but I think this is it for me guys. I’m gonna call it a career, probably,” Gamburyan said.
The Armenian-born American fighter has had a lengthy career. Gamburyan began his career in February of 1999, winning two fights in one night… in a total of 33 seconds. He never looked back.
He made his way to the Octagon via the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter and spent the majority of his career fighting for the UFC and WEC. Gamburyan never won a title in the Octagon, but challenged Jose Aldo for the WEC featherweight strap in 2010.
Gamburyan eventually moved to bantamweight, where he found a modicum of success, but struggled in his last two fights, losing both.
“I’ve been in this for a long time, tough times. I always thought about, this is my last one, this is my last one. After I moved to 135, it became tougher,” said the 35-year-old fighter. “There are a lot of great guys out there, and I feel that I can’t take them anymore. And if I can’t take them, I don’t want to compete anymore.”