Featherweight king Jose “Junior” Aldo owns a dominant 17-1 professional record and is considered the planet’s most efficient marksman this side of Anderson Silva. Given his immaculate game and the company that he keeps, there are very few fighters that impress the blazing Brazilian. WEC 51 challenger Manny Gamburyan isn’t one of them.
The Armenian holds a respectable 11-4 record and is perfect through his first three WEC fights. “The Pittbull” earned his shot at the crown by putting former champ Mike Brown to sleep in his last Octagon outing.
That’s all fine and dandy, but there’s a reason why the Gambling Gods have pegged the assassin a whopping 6-to-1 favorite. Aldo has won 10 straight scraps and has ended six of his last seven in devastating knockout fashion.
Aldo should have earned lucky number seven with finishes had he not evoked the mercy rule on himself after doing THIS to Urijah Faber’s thigh. After battering Faber’s lead leg in the opening rounds, Aldo could have easily finished the former champ but respectfully opted not to knockout “The California Kid” in front of his hometown of Sacramento.
That’s why Gamburyan’s second ever professional KO doesn’t have the champion batting an eye.
“I’m not really impressed with any fighter. That’s your job to go out there and put on performances like that,” Aldo told MMAFighting.com of Manny’s most recent accomplishment. “If that’s the case, I would be impressed by every fighter that puts on a good fight.
“I just go out there and focus on my game.”
Speaking of which…
“Yes, sometimes I am a little impressed [by myself],” Aldo sheepishly admitted.
When asked who was the world’s best mixed martial artist, the 24-year-old quickly pointed to his Team Black House amigo.
“Anderson Silva,” he stated. “[I am] right after him.”
You’re above UFC welterweight stud Georges St-Pierre, lightweight champ Frankie Edgar, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua?
“Yes,” Aldo emphatically reiterated.
WEC 51 takes place tonight inside the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado.