Manny Gamburyan is one of the smaller fighters in the UFC’s lightweight division. With the recent popularity of the featherweight ranks and – of course – Urijah Faber, Gamburyan would seem to be a natural to compete at 145. Also, he would have a much quicker path to a title shot.
Gamburyan isn’t opposed to the idea, but he also isn’t in favor of it just yet.
I don’t mind going down to 145 if the UFC brings it in. There isn’t enough money right now in the WEC,” Gamburyan said, “If the UFC brings in 145, I’d definitely go down. I’d definitely be interested in a fight with Urijah Faber.”
That response could be a little short-sighted on Gamburyan’s part. As the WEC continues to expand, Gamburyan would have a tremendous opportunity to make a big name for himself at the smaller weight. The UFC’s lightweight ranks are loaded with top talent, and many people see Gamburyan as just another fighter in the division. He is also viewed as being too small to compete with the bigger guys in the weight class.
One thing Gamburyan does have going for himself though is name recognition. Many fans recognize him from the Ultimate Fighter show. That would give Gamburyan instant credibility in the WEC. With one or two victories at featherweight, he would probably receive a title shot with Faber. Gamburyan has to answer the question if he’s satisfied with being just another fighter in the UFC or would he rather be in the main event on WEC.