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Manny Gamburyan defeats Cole Miller via decision in Boston

Mixed martial arts: Glendale Fighting Club grappler grinds out unanimous decision over former 'The Ultimate Fighter' teammate.

August 17, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • ARCHIVE PHOTO: Glendale-trained MMA fighter Manny Gamburyan picked up a unanimous decision victory over Cole Miller.
ARCHIVE PHOTO: Glendale-trained MMA fighter Manny Gamburyan… (Courtesy of WEC )

Battered, bruised and busted up, Manny Gamburyan followed his Ultimate Fighting Championship bout up with a trip to the hospital.

It was well worth it though, because Gamburyan also emerged victorious, taking a unanimous decision from Cole Miller on Saturday evening at UFC Fight Night 26 from Boston’s TD Garden.

Gamburyan used strong leg kicks, takedowns and grappling to earn the decision, 30-27 and 29-28 (twice) on the scorecards. The Glendale News-Press scored it 30-27. He was reportedly taken to the hospital for stitches and an MRI, but was said to still be in good spirits.

“I’m feeling great after getting the ‘W,’” Gamburyan told the UFC after the bout. “You always feel good after winning a fight. It’s when you go home that you start to feel it.”

Gamburyan weathered some tough blows, enduring an illegal elbow to the back of the head after the first round, a big cut in the second round due to another elbow and a big knee to the head in the third.

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Gamburyan collected his second win in a row, though they were separated by more than a year, as the Glendale-trained fighter had to recover from breaks in his thumb and elbow.

“It was very hard being out for the last year due to injury and now that I’m healthy again I’m ready to go,” said Gamburyan, who was cornered by the Glendale Fighting Club’s Edmond Tarverdyan and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who also trains in Glendale.

Gamburyan improved to 13-7, while Miller, who was a teammate of Gamburyan’s on the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” fell to 19-8. Miller was given the first round on one judge’s card and the third on another and thought he did more damage with his striking and should’ve taken home a decision.

“I thought the decision was way off,” Miller told the UFC. “I’m here in Boston trying to box, kick, knee, elbow and play my game and I thought I would get some love from the judges here in ‘Mass.’ This is a fight town rich with boxing history. Respect to Manny. He fought his game and got the win. I’ll have to look at the tape, but look at my face and look at his face then tell me who won that fight.”

The most harmful blow was an illegal elbow to the back of the head landed by Miller at the end of the first round. With Gamburyan notably stunned, the bout looked to be in serious jeopardy.

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