On one side of the cage, you have a top-tier Nova Uniao fighter looking to rebound from a loss in the most important fight of his career. On the other side, you have an Armenian looking to stay above water in an increasingly deep 145 pound division. An old beef involving one signing autographs on the face of the other will add some flavor in the cage when Diego Nunes (16-2, 1-1 UFC) squares off with Manny Gamburyan (11-6, 2-4 UFC).
Nunes is currently ranked at # 6 on the USA Today/BE Consensus Rankings while Gamburyan sits in the 12 spot at the moment. There are two Bellator fighters ahead of Nunes in the standings, and a win over Gamburyan might be enough to push him into the top four at 145. Gamburyan will be looking to get back into the top 10 after a previous stint there over the last couple of years. This featherweight UFC 141 fight will be take place on the preliminary card, and will be streamed live on Facebook. The stream begins at approximately 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
How do these two stack up?
Nunes: 29 years old | 5'6" | 67" reach
Gamburyan: 30 years old | 5'5" | 67" reach
What have these two done recently?
Nunes: L - Kenny Florian (UD) | W - Mike Brown (SD) | W - Tyler Toner (UD)
Gamburyan: L - Tyson Griffin (MD) | L - Jose Aldo (KO) | W - Mike Brown (KO)
How did these two get here?
Diego "The Gun" Nunes began his career in Brazil (obviously), where he went 11-0 before getting his ticket into the WEC. He debuted at WEC 37 by soundly defeating Cole Province, and did the same to Rafael Dias at WEC 42. Nunes suffered the first loss of his career to L.C. Davis at WEC 44, which was a major setback at the time, but he rebounded with two more WEC wins. In his first fight after the merger, he met former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown, and picked up the biggest win of his career by split-decision. That set up a co-main event bout with Kenny Florian at UFC 131, where he came up just short but looked very good against a tough opponent. Nunes is a staple in the top 10 at featherweight, and will likely continue to be there for a while longer.
Manvel "The Anvil" Gamburyan started out on The Ultimate Fighter 5, where he made it all the way to the finals before he dislocated his shoulder against Nate Diaz and had to bow out. He managed to win two UFC bouts after that, but he was always a small lightweight and losses to Rob Emerson and Thiago Tavares led to a move to the WEC and a future at 145 pounds. He quickly reeled off three straight wins, including a very impressive KO of former champ Mike Brown, and earned a shot at champion Jose Aldo. Unfortunately for him, Aldo lit him up like an Armenian Christmas tree. A move back to the UFC didn't start out any better when he dropped a majority decision to Tyson Griffin at UFC on Versus 4. Manny is in serious need of a win here.
Why should you care?
This is a grudge match between two guys that really don't like each other. Plus, they're both usually very entertaining fighters. That should be enough to get you to tune in early.
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