MMAWeekly.com is reporting that WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo will make his second title defense at the upcoming WEC 51 show against Armenian-American Manny Gamburyan. WEC 51 has yet to be officially announced by World Extreme Cagefighting but is expected to take place September 30th at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado.
The Ultimate Fighter season 5 alum Manvel Gamburyan is currently riding a three fight win streak since dropping to featherweight at WEC 41 in June of 2009. That win streak has seen him take down WEC featherweights John Franchi (via unanimous decision), Leonard Garcia (via unanimous decision), and most recently former WEC Featherweight Champion Mike Thomas Brown (via knockout). Cousin to former top UFC welterweight Karo Parisyan, Gamburyan was a finalist on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter and lost the finals match to Nate Diaz when his shoulder dislocated after a failed takedown attempt early on in the bout and he was forced to submit. He went on to fight in the UFC’s lightweight division before making the drop to fight in the WEC’s featherweight division and went 2-2 during that stretch; submitting both Nate Mohr and Jeff Cox and losing by knockout to Rob Emerson and by decision to Thiago Tavares. He last appeared in action at WEC 48 where he defeated Mike Brown.
Nova Uniao and Black House team member Jose Aldo is 17-1 as a professional mixed martial artist and earned eleven of those wins by TKO, two by submission and four by decision; his only loss came via submission to Brazilian fighter Luciano Azevedo. Upon entering the WEC in 2008, Aldo has defeated six of his seven total WEC opponents via knockout or technical knockout and captured the featherweight strap with a technical knockout win over then-champion Mike Thomas Brown. His most recent appearance came in April where he met former WEC Featherweight Champion and WEC poster boy Urijah Faber in the main event of WEC 48 (the promotion’s first pay-per-view show); Aldo battered Faber’s legs until “The California Kid” could barely stand and dominated the former champion for five rounds to net himself a unanimous decision win, his first under the WEC banner, and his first successful title defense.
Gamburyan’s compact frame, Judo skills, submission game and powerful striking pose interesting challenges to Aldo and with a three fight win streak in the WEC including a convincing knockout over the last champion before Aldo, it is hard to argue that anyone else deserves the next shot at the Brazilian’s belt. It is difficult, however, to see Gamburyan finding the answers to defeat Aldo, who has been on an absolute tear through the WEC’s featherweight division and has looked close to unstoppable in as many fights as most can remember. Gamburyan is about as fearless as a competitor can be though and will certainly throw himself at Aldo with full force, promising the fans and spectators another fantastic fight from the WEC.