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Manny Gamburyan Ready to Wrestle the Title Away From Jose Aldo at WEC 51

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When he dropped from the UFC to the WEC - and from lightweight to featherweight - no one was sure what to make of Manny Gamburyan. Was his skill set too limited? Did he have enough to compete at that stacked weightclass? Did his time pass?

After dropping his last two fights in the UFC at lightweight, he's rattled off three consecutive wins in the WEC at featherweight. And he's never looked more well-rounded in his professional MMA career.

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I'm picking him against Aldo.

That was a good interview, surprised to see him and Karo hadn't patched things up.

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Post #2   9/27/10 1:39:06PM   

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I think it's VERY unlikely that Gamburyan pulls out the win. The idea that a guy, who couldn't last 12 seconds in the ring with Rob Emerson, will avoid being tko'd by Aldo for 25 minutes is absurd. Anything is possible in MMA, but for me this is as close to impossible as it gets.

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Posted by SamPan

I think it's VERY unlikely that Gamburyan pulls out the win. The idea that a guy, who couldn't last 12 seconds in the ring with Rob Emerson, will avoid being tko'd by Aldo for 25 minutes is absurd. Anything is possible in MMA, but for me this is as close to impossible as it gets.


I'd say Mike Thomas Brown was a very game opponent, having held the belt for some time, and he fared pretty well against him. Both Garcia and Brown hit very hard. If you want to do the MMAth game, Aldo couldn't knock Faber out, but Mike Brown sure as hell did.

Styles make match ups, and I think that Manny has a lot better chance of grinding Aldo out than people are giving him credit for.

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Nate diaz couldnt work his bjj because of gamburyan's grappling skill. I can see Manny being successful if he can get the takedowns easily.

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I don't think Gamburyan is going to be able to beat Aldo based on his wrestling, as I feel Brown has better wrestling. Gamburyan didn't beat him on the ground, he KO'd him.

Aldo via whatever the hell he wants.

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Im sorry i just dont see it happening and dont want it too either i want a good scrap but brown had difficulty getting him down. I think if aldo boxes a bit and defends a few takedowns, he'll open up more and knock him out. Aldo seems like a andrrson, shogun mix with liddells takedown defense. If he gets him down its a problem but i see aldo knocking him out at some point and has five rounds to do it but i just want a good fight. Hopefully they dont neutralize each other on the ground and manny just lays on top. Hope for some chael sonnen ground pound with scrambles and sub attempts. Please have a good fight!

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Wrestling takedowns are far different from judo takedowns from the clinch. If Aldo tries to clinch or Manny gets the clinch with him, he's going to throw him or at least trip him, I guarantee you. And like Pookie said, Manny is hard to submit.

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Aldo didn't KO Faber, and there might be something to that, but it wasn't because he couldn't KO Faber. It seemed to me in that fight that Aldo let him survive out of respect for Faber and his home crowd.

Manny is a lot slower than Faber, and a hell of a lot slower than Aldo. His chances of wading through Aldo's attacks and getting to a clinch are slim at best. Even if he gets there, he is going to have to deal with the knees. Manny does have a chance in that he punches hard, but barring a flash KO I don't see Manny having much for Aldo.

Everyone said that Brown and Faber would win the ground game... both were never on top of Aldo and both got mounted. Manny might prove me wrong, but I think Aldo is the most dynamic fighter in MMA right now and I wouldn't be surprised to see him end up on top of Manny pounding him out if he doesn't starch him on the feet.

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Posted by gartface

I'm picking him against Aldo.

That was a good interview, surprised to see him and Karo hadn't patched things up.



Same here, I really think he has the tools to do so. War Manny!

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Anyone want to do an AV bet? I got Aldo.

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Posted by ncordless

Anyone want to do an AV bet? I got Aldo.


I'll do it. Haven't made one in a long time.

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Posted by ncordless

Anyone want to do an AV bet? I got Aldo.


I'll do it. Haven't made one in a long time.



Awesome. Do you want to add any rules, or are we doing it old school?

Also, what is the time the av will be given... until the next WEC... 1 month?

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Posted by ncordless

Anyone want to do an AV bet? I got Aldo.


I'll do it. Haven't made one in a long time.



Awesome. Do you want to add any rules, or are we doing it old school?

Also, what is the time the av will be given... until the next WEC... 1 month?


I'm cool with it being old school, winners choice. Any ground rules you want to throw out there?

Yeah that's cool with me, the month is fine.

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Posted by gartface

I'm cool with it being old school, winners choice. Any ground rules you want to throw out there?

Yeah that's cool with me, the month is fine.



Aldo has to be a HUGE favorite in this fight. You're going to bet straight up?

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