Manny Gamburyan Shakes Up Featherweight Division After WEC 48 Win Over Mike Brown

Written by Tim Ngo
April 25th, 2010

WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber” was simply action packed. The night was spearheaded by Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung’s lightweight shootout – in what could be the 2010 fight of the year – as well as Jose Aldo’s utter destruction of former featherweight champion Urijah Faber.

One fight that shouldn’t go unnoticed is the massive upset victory Manny Gamburyan authored over former featherweight title holder Mike Brown.

Several oddsmakers had Gamburyan rated as high as a 5-to-1 underdog heading into his 145-pound bout with Brown, but as commentator Joe Rogan noted during the scrap, it was Gamburyan’s improved striking that was the biggest surprise.

How the upset occurred was rather simple, Brown missed and the Armenian didn’t. Gamburyan’s counter right hook hit Brown flush in the face, dropping the former champ to the canvas. Manny immediately pounced and followed-up with some vicious ground and pound until Brown’s limbs went limp.

With the TKO victory, the guy they call “Manvel” became only the second person to ever stop Brown by some form of knockout. I bet you can’t guess who was the first, well maybe you can. Reigning featherweight king Jose Aldo did it at WEC 44 to capture the crown.

Gamburyan, a winner of his last three fights inside the WEC’s octagon, could find himself in the picture for a crack at the division’s champion. Surprisingly, he’d tell you he’s ready to engage in a 5Round affair.

After the win, Gamburyan climbed up on the cage and motioned to have the title belt around his waist. A win over Aldo will prove to be difficult for the fighter out of Glendale, California, but he’s shown he can certainly defy the odds.

Just ask Mike Brown.

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