UFC fans had to know something was up when Manny Gamburyan, who fights out of Team Hayastan in North Hollywood, posted this earlier this morning on Twitter:
— Manny Gamburyan (@MannyGamburyan) February 8, 2013
Forty minutes later, Sports Illustrated’s Melissa Segura had the reason:
Hearing Manny Gamburyan, scheduled to fight Chad Mendes at UFC157 broke his thumb yesterday and fractured his elbow. He’s apparently out.
— Melissa Segura (@MelissaSeguraSI) February 8, 2013
It’s obviously disappointing for Gamburyan (12-7 MMA, 3-5 UFC), who would’ve been fighting in front of many family and friends two weeks from Saturday at Honda Center in Anaheim — and on the same card as longtime friend and training partner Ronda Rousey.
In August, the featherweight snapped a three-fight losing streak with an impressive three-round unanimous-decision victory over Michihiro Omigawa at UFC on Fox 4 at Staples Center.