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Manvel Gamburyan

Born May 8, 1981 (1981-05-08) (age 28)
Gyumri, Armenia
Other names Pitbull
Nationality Armenia Armenian
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 145 lb (66 kg; 10.4 st)
Division 145 (2009-present)
Reach 67 in
Style Judo
Fighting out of North Hollywood, California
Rank      black belt in Judo
Years active 1999–present MMA
MMA record
Total 14
Wins 10
By knockout 1
By submission 6
Losses 4
Draws 0
No contests 0
Other information
Notable relatives Karo Parisyan, cousin
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Manvel Gamburyan, (Armenian: Մանվել Գամբուրյան; born May 8, 1981), is an Armenian American mixed martial artist currently fighting in the featherweight division of UFC sister promotion World Extreme Cagefighting, making his promotional debut at WEC 41. Manny is ranked as the number 8 Featherweight mixed martial artist in the world by Sherdog. He is the older cousin of former UFC fighter Karo Parisyan.



In May 1991, Gamburyan's family relocated from Armenia to the United States. Shortly after his arrival, he began training in judo at Gokor Chivichyan's and Gene LeBell's Hayastan MMA Academy and quickly became one of the top judoka in the country, winning junior nationals less than two years later. He went on to win junior nationals eight times, the junior Olympics once, and was a member of the 2000 judo junior world team.

Mixed martial arts career

Gamburyan began his career in 1999 at the age of 17. He won his first four fights, then lost a decision to future UFC lightweight champion Sean Sherk in 2001. His cousin Karo Parisyan nicknamed him "Pitbull" for the tenacity he displayed in the fight.



In 2007, Gamburyan appeared on the reality show The Ultimate Fighter 5, fighting on Jens Pulver's team. His nickname was changed to "Anvil" for his UFC career because "Pitbull" was already taken by other UFC fighters such as Andrei Arlovski.[1] Manny defeated Noah Thomas by kimura lock in the preliminary round. In his next matchup, Gamburyan defeated Matt Wiman to advance to the semifinal round. In the semifinal round, Manny beat Joe Lauzon in a unanimous decision and advanced to the finale with Nathan Diaz. He was considered an underdog in each of his fights, in part due to his short stature. After the Lauzon fight, UFC president Dana White personally apologized to Gamburyan for doubting him.[2] In the finale, Gamburyan controlled Diaz for the majority of the fight, but tapped out in the second round after dislocating his right shoulder on a successful takedown attempt.[3]

Despite losing the show, Gamburyan secured a UFC contract with his performance. He won his next two UFC fights, defeating Nate Mohr by ankle lock at UFC 79 and Jeff Cox by guillotine choke at UFC Fight Night 13. Gamburyan raised some controversy in the Cox fight by delivering a spinning leg kick after feigning the mutual tap of gloves that is often seen at the beginning of the match. The crowd in attendance reacted with heavy booing. He was knocked out by Rob Emerson at UFC 87 in 12 seconds, one of the fastest knockouts in UFC history.

Gamburyan frequently uses the System of a Down song "Toxicity" as his entrance music.


After his defeat to fellow UFC lightweight Thiago Tavares at UFC 94, Gamburyan decided to drop down to the Zuffa-owned WEC's featherweight division (145 pounds). His first featherweight fight was a win over John Franchi at WEC 41.

Gamburyan won in his latest fight over Leonard Garcia on November 18, 2009 at WEC 44 via unanimous decision.[4]

Gamburyan is rumored to be fighting former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown next at a yet to be named WEC event. [5]

MMA Record

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win United States Leonard Garcia Decision (Unanimous) WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo 11/18/2009 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Win United States John Franchi Decision (Unanimous) WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber II 06/07/2009 3 5:00 United States Sacramento, California, USA Debut at Featherweight
Loss Brazil Thiago Tavares Decision (Unanimous) UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2 01/31/2009 3 5:00 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Loss United States Rob Emerson KO (Punches) UFC 87: Seek and Destroy 08/09/2008 1 0:12 United States Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Win United States Jeff Cox Submission (Guillotine Choke) UFC Fight Night 13 04/02/2008 1 1:41 United States Broomfield, Colorado, USA
Win United States Nate Mohr Submission (Achilles Lock) UFC 79: Nemesis 12/29/2007 1 1:31 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Loss United States Nathan Diaz Submission (Injury) The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale 06/23/2007 2 0:20 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA Lost The Ultimate Fighter 5
Win United States Sam Morgan Decision (Unanimous) RSF - Shooto Challenge 2 01/2/2004 3 5:00 United States Belleville, Illinois, USA
Win Brazil Jorge Santiago KO (Punch) KOTC 27 - Aftermath 08/10/2003 1 0:21 United States San Jacinto, California, USA
Loss United States Sean Sherk Decision (Unanimous) Reality Submission Fighting 3 03/30/2001 1 18:00 United States Belleville, Illinois, USA
Win United States Pat Benson Submission (Guillotine Choke) Reality Submission Fighting 2 01/02/2001 1 2:01 United States Belleville, Illinois, USA
Win United States Darren Bryant Submission (Heel Hook) Kage Kombat 14 04/5/1999 1 0:35 United States Los Angeles, California, USA
Win United States Timothy Morris TKO (Choke) Kage Kombat 12 02/1/1999 1 0:16 United States Los Angeles, California, USA
Win United States Danny Henderson Submission (Armbar) Kage Kombat 12 02/1/1999 1 0:17 United States Los Angeles, California, USA


  1. ^ Gamburyan, Manvel. Interview with Manvel Gamburyan. Kevin and Bean. KROQ, Los Angeles. 18 June, 2007.
  2. ^ Five Ounces of Pain - Interview with Manny Gamburyan
  3. ^ - Manvel "The Anvil" Gamburyan Interview
  4. ^ "WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo results". 2009-11-19.  
  5. ^

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