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Glendale Fighting Club's Manny Gamburyan drops hard-fought unanimous decision to Dennis Siver

Mixed martial arts: Gamburyan comes up short in featherweight bout at UFC 168 in Las Vegas.

December 28, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Manny Gamburyan, left, seen here training last week at the Glendale Fighting Club, lost by a 29-28 three-round unanimous decision at UFC 168 on Saturday in Las Vegas. (Raul Roa/Staff Photographer)
Manny Gamburyan, left, seen here training last week at…

LAS VEGAS — Manny Gamburyan might well have turned in one of his more inspired performances Saturday night at UFC 168 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

His striking held up, he got his share of takedowns and he went for submissions.

But counterpart Dennis Siver was simply a bit better in every facet, as Siver defeated Gamburyan via a three-round unanimous decision with 29-28 scores across the board in their featherweight fight.

Gamburyan (13-8), who was cornered by Glendale Fighting Club’s Edmond Tarverdyan, George Bastrmajyan and Andy Derminjian, had a two-fight winning streak snapped by Siver, the seventh-ranked UFC featherweight. Gamburyan also said that he injured his leg in the first round, hampering his performance going forward.

“I hurt my knee badly in the [first] round,” Gamburyan said. “I went in for a takedown and I felt it twist and then give. It’s was a nagging injury from training camp that came to the forefront again. It was very difficult for me to move and defend after that.”

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Siver (22-9), who has now won three of four fights and seven of nine, used his strong kickboxing game and, perhaps surprisingly, takedowns and submission attempts against Gamburyan, who’s lauded for his grappling game.

“This was a very important win for me because last time I fought in Las Vegas I lost,” Siver said. “I really wanted to show the UFC fans what I could do out there, but the game plan didn’t go exactly how we planned. The strategy was to keep it on the feet and maintain my distance. Still, we were able to pull out a win, so I’m pleased with the result.”

In reality, both fighters showcased their all-around games and the fight, which was televised live on Fox Sports 1, was tied on the cards going into the third round. Siver used a takedown, a rear-naked choke attempt and steady ground and pound to decisively win the round and the fight, though.

In the first round, Gamburyan took the center of the octagon and Siver quickly established kicks to get distance. Not long after, Gamburyan waded in with rights and lefts but none landed with significance.

Gamburyan rushed in again and took him down with a leg sweep and landed some hammerfists. From his back, Gamburyan worked for an armbar before Siver moved into his guard. After some Siver ground and pound, Gamburyan worked it back to the feet.

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