Manny Gamburyan is a professional mixed martial artist with an Armenian ancestry. He started his professional career in mixed martial arts in 1999 and has been competing in several divisions including bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight and welterweight. He plays under Team Hayastan, S.K. Golden Boys and the Glendale Fighting Club. He comes with a 2nd dan black belt in Judo and Kyokushin Karate and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Gamburyan was born in Gyumri, Armenia on May 8, 1981. After his family migrated to the United States when he was 10, he trained in Judo at the Hayastan MMA Academy and earned himself several medals in national and international Judo competitions.
In 1999, at a young age of 17, the determined young Gamburyan started to compete in MMA. In his debut year, he defeated all his three opponents in half a minute or less. He returned in the MMA scene in 2001 but lost the last of his two 2001 fights. That March 2001, he lost via a unanimous decision to Sean Sherk, who also beat his cousin Karo Parisyan just two months before. In the next six years, he was barely seen in MMA, only competing twice but defeated both his opponents - Jorge Santiago in 2003 and Sam Morgan in 2004.
In 2007, he returned to the MMA scene as a cast member of the reality show The Ultimate Fighter 5: Team Penn vs. Team Pulver. He beat Noah Thomas, Matt Wilman and Joe Lauzon en route to the finals where he faced Nate Diaz, who like him was also a member of Team Pulver. Twenty seconds into round two, Diaz tapped out due to a dislocated shoulder. Despite losing the competition to the injured Diaz, UFC secured Gamburyan a contract.
In late 2007, Gamburyan debuted in the UFC’s lightweight division. He won his first two UFC fights against Nate Mohr and Jeff Cox. In 2008, however, he lost to Rob Emerson, his fellow cast member of The Ultimate Fighter 5. Emerson’s successive punches knocked Gumburyan down in just 12 seconds, one UFC’s fastest KO.
After another loss to Thiago Alves in 2009, Gumburyan decided to drop down to the featherweight division. He signed up with WEC and in his first two fights, beat John Franchi and Leonard Garcia.
Some of his recent fights included one in 2014 over Cody Gibson, of which he won. He also fought and won over Scott Jorgensen by unanimous decision in July 15, 2015.
Gamburyan has a record of 24 MMA fights with 15 wins and 8 losses. Most of his wins are by submission.