Following his impressive upset victory over Mike Brown at WEC 48, it appears the sky’s the limit for 145-pound contender Manny Gamburyan. While most don’t believe his time has arrived, the Armenian begs to differ.
“Right now, I’m not thinking about anything else. My eye is right on him,” Gamburyan told Sherdog.com of fighting for the title. “That’s the only guy I really want to fight right now. It doesn’t make sense to fight anybody else. The next fight should be Jose Aldo.”
Gamburyan holds a commanding 11-4 record and is a perfect 3-0 since entering the WEC’s featherweight division in June 2009. Immediately following his 1stRound knockout of Brown, Gamburyan motioned to have the belt wrapped around his waist – in essence calling for Aldo’s title.
However, that was about 30 minutes before Aldo did this to Urijah Faber’s leg:
Despite the potential for receiving the same type of nastiness, Gamburyan still wants a piece.
“That’s going to be a big thing,” he said. “I won’t be scared, I promise you. When I walk into the cage, I’m going to look in his eyes and I’m going to say, ‘I’m going to take the belt from you.’”
Aldo owns a dominant 17-1 record and has finished 11 of his victims via some form of knockout. He’s considered by many as the sport’s deadliest striker, or at least a close 1b to UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
So why do you want to have this done to your leg again?
“I know myself. If anybody fights Jose Aldo, you can’t be scared of him,” Gamburyan confidently stated. “I look at it this way: Whoever fights Anderson Silva, if you go look at the tape, everybody is scared of him. They’re not going in there 120 miles per hour, 120 percent (confident) that they’re going to win the fight.
“I’m not taking anything away from Mike Brown. He’s a great fighter, a great champion, but when I signed that contract to fight Mike Brown, I was like, ‘I’m going to beat Mike Brown.’ I don’t care that he’s Mike Brown. That’s the way that I look at it.”
Not only is Aldo efficient on his feet, but he also owns a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Despite his extensive and lethal arsenal, the challenger believes he’ll once again shock the world.
“I’m going to have a good game plan,” Gamburyan said. “I’ll talk to my coaches and train hard and train a smart way. It’s going to be a big, huge puzzle. That’s for sure. He’s a phenom. He’s a great fighter, a great athlete.”
Best of luck with that!