For roughly five years, beginning with a memorable stint on "The Ultimate Fighter," Manny Gamburyan has found a home under the Ultimate Fighting Championship umbrella.
It's included an ultra-successful campaign in the UFC's one-time sibling company, World Extreme Cagefighting, in which the Glendale-trained fighter earned a featherweight title shot.
Alas, Gamburyan's title rendezvous with champion Jose Aldo ended in defeat and was the genesis for a current three-fight losing streak. Hence, as Gamburyan prepares for battle not far from his North Hollywood home on Saturday at the Staples Center against Michihiro Omigawa on the UFC on FOX 4 undercard, he might very well be fighting to stay within the organization that he has called home since 2007.
"Every fight is a fight you have to win," Gamburyan said. "The situation, though, with how things have been going, there is more pressure."
Two straight losses often signal the end of a UFC fighter's run in the organization, thus a fourth consecutive loss for Gamburyan (11-7) could be disastrous. And the venerable Omigawa (13-11-1) is in much the same situation, as he's coming off a defeat and losses in three of his last four bouts.