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By Grant Gordon | August 4, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Entering Saturday afternoon with a string of losses and likely to face an uncertain future in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the event of another, Manny Gamburyan walked into the Staples Center with plenty riding on his shoulders in his featherweight bout against Michihiro Omigawa. At the end of three hard-fought rounds, the Glendale-trained Gamburyan emerged victorious with a unanimous decision, propelled to victory thanks to his old bread-and-butter grappling skills and his ever-developing striking game.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 2, 2012
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.
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From Staff Reports | March 20, 2013
The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene. BIG DOINGS IN LOCAL MMA The Ultimate Fighting Championship officially announced on Saturday that UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would square off in the next season of the organization's reality show “The Ultimate Fighter,” as the opposing coach to either rival Miesha Tate or the undefeated Cat Zingano. Tate (13-3) and Zingano (7-0) are set to go toe to toe on April 13 in Las Vegas at the “The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale.” The winner will then coach against Rousey, who trains at Glendale Fighting Club under Edmond Tarverdyan, on the 18th season of the show, which will feature 135-pound fighters - both men and women.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 17, 2013
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.
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December 29, 2013
Good morning 818 readers. Today is Sunday, Dec. 29. National Weather Service forecasters predict the high will be 64 and the low will be 37 in the Glendale-area.  Here are the latest headlines from the weekend in your region: On Saturday night at UFC 168 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Arena, Ronda Rousey was able to secure an armbar submission against archrival Miesha Tate 58 seconds into the third round of their co-main...
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From Staff Reports | June 12, 2013
Though he's on location in Las Vegas filming “The Ultimate Fighter” as part of Ronda Rousey's coaching staff on the show, Manny Gamburyan had some business of his own unveiled Tuesday. As confirmed by Ultimate Fighting Championship officials, Gamburyan will face off against Cole Miller in a featherweight fight on Aug. 17 at the organization's first UFC on Fox Sports 1 card at the TD Garden in Boston. The bout will pit fighters who got their UFC starts as teammates on “The Ultimate Fighter,” as they were both coached by Jens Pulver in the fifth season of the show, one in which Gamburyan advanced to the finals.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 21, 2013
It wasn't all that long ago that Manny Gamburyan felt he was fighting for his job with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Having halted a three-fight losing skid and emerged with a current two-bout winning streak, the Glendale-trained grappler now faces a top-10 opponent as he looks to end 2013 on a winning note with a high-profile victory. “I'm very excited,” said Gamburyan on Saturday at the Glendale Fighting Club, a week ahead of his three-round Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight (145 pounds)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 28, 2013
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.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 15, 2013
Roughly six years ago, Manny Gamburyan and Cole Miller were teammates on “The Ultimate Fighter,” helping to usher a revitalized lightweight division into the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Looked back upon as a season full of crazy highlights and talented fighters, the fifth season of the reality show berthed the UFC careers of Gamburyan, who trains at the Glendale Fighting Club, as well as Miller. Now, the two find themselves as opponents who will toe the line Saturday in a three-round featherweight bout as part of UFC Fight Night 26 - Shogun vs. Sonnen at the TD Garden in Boston.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 27, 2013
It's debatable that there have perhaps been more anticipated or more monumental bouts in the history of women's mixed martial arts than the first time Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate faced off inside the cage under the Strikeforce banner. When then-women's MMA poster girl Gina Carano took on Cris Cyborg in 2009 or when Rousey defended the Ultimate Fighting Championships women's bantamweight title against Liz Carmouche earlier this year, both bouts had plenty of hype and plenty on the line.
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December 29, 2013
Good morning 818 readers. Today is Sunday, Dec. 29. National Weather Service forecasters predict the high will be 64 and the low will be 37 in the Glendale-area.  Here are the latest headlines from the weekend in your region: On Saturday night at UFC 168 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Arena, Ronda Rousey was able to secure an armbar submission against archrival Miesha Tate 58 seconds into the third round of their co-main...
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 28, 2013
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.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 27, 2013
It's debatable that there have perhaps been more anticipated or more monumental bouts in the history of women's mixed martial arts than the first time Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate faced off inside the cage under the Strikeforce banner. When then-women's MMA poster girl Gina Carano took on Cris Cyborg in 2009 or when Rousey defended the Ultimate Fighting Championships women's bantamweight title against Liz Carmouche earlier this year, both bouts had plenty of hype and plenty on the line.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 21, 2013
It wasn't all that long ago that Manny Gamburyan felt he was fighting for his job with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Having halted a three-fight losing skid and emerged with a current two-bout winning streak, the Glendale-trained grappler now faces a top-10 opponent as he looks to end 2013 on a winning note with a high-profile victory. “I'm very excited,” said Gamburyan on Saturday at the Glendale Fighting Club, a week ahead of his three-round Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight (145 pounds)
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | October 19, 2013
This is the third in a series of articles examining the experiences of local fighters and coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter,” whether in past seasons or the current. The current season, “The Ultimate Fighter 18,” airs Wednesdays on Fox Sports 1, featuring Glendale-trained champion Ronda Rousey. On a rare night in which his training schedule doesn't conflict and Sevak Magakian finds himself in front of the television, he'll tune into “The Ultimate Fighter.” In the fall of 2010, Glendale's Magakian was on the other side of the small screen, though, as part of the 12th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which pitted rivals Georges St. Pierre, still the Ultimate Fighting Championships welterweight champion, and then-challenger Josh Koscheck as opposing coaches.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | September 14, 2013
This is the first in a series of articles examining the experiences of local fighters and coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter,” whether in past seasons or the current. The current season, “The Ultimate Fighter 18,” airs Wednesdays on Fox Sports 1, featuring Glendale-trained champion Ronda Rousey. Before his days at Glendale High were through, Edmond Tarverdyan was already running his own gym. Tarverdyan began running his gym at 16, and now, roughly 16 years later, he has certainly made a name for the Glendale Fighting Club.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | September 11, 2013
In furthering its ascent as a world-class mixed-martial-arts gym, the Glendale Fighting Club has added on a world-class presence. Gym proprietor Edmond Tarverdyan recently announced that he had brought on Martin Berberyan to lead wrestling training for MMA fighters. “It's great, Martin's just the best,” Tarverdyan said. “Everyone's so happy that I can bring him in.” Berberyan has quite a resume, as he was a three-time Olympian freestyle wrestler, who was also an Armenian national champion, a European champion and a world medalist.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 17, 2013
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.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 15, 2013
Roughly six years ago, Manny Gamburyan and Cole Miller were teammates on “The Ultimate Fighter,” helping to usher a revitalized lightweight division into the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Looked back upon as a season full of crazy highlights and talented fighters, the fifth season of the reality show berthed the UFC careers of Gamburyan, who trains at the Glendale Fighting Club, as well as Miller. Now, the two find themselves as opponents who will toe the line Saturday in a three-round featherweight bout as part of UFC Fight Night 26 - Shogun vs. Sonnen at the TD Garden in Boston.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | August 8, 2013
Undefeated opponents and televised bouts are nothing new for Gapo “The Ghost” Tolmajyan. But as the Glendale boxer continues his hopeful ascent to becoming a world title contender, each and every fight becomes his most important yet. That certainly describes Tolmajyan's showdown against the unblemished Jose “Sniper” Pedraza in a 10-round co-main event of an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card Friday evening at the Morongo Casino in...
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