Update: Garcia-Gamburyan Likely for Nov. WEC
Garcia will likely return to action against “The Ultimate
Fighter” finalist Manny
Gamburyan at a WEC event being planned for Nov. 18 in Las
Vegas, according to a source close to the promotion. The fight has
been verbally agreed to by both camps and should be official
Sherdog.com initially reported that the fight was being planned for
December. The source later clarified the November date.
Garcia (13-4) rebounded from a tough knockout loss to featherweight
champion Mike Thomas
Brown in March of this year by defeating Jameel
Massouh by split decision last month. The 30-year-old Texan,
who trains out of Greg
Jackson’s Albuquerque gym, will need a good performance to get
back into the title picture after his last two showings.
Gamburyan, 28, is also looking for a rebound of sorts. After
suffering an injury in his TUF final matchup with Nate Diaz, the
judoka split his next four fights, dropping the last two before
moving down in weight to enter the WEC featherweight division.
A successful showing in his first WEC featherweight bout -- a
decision over John Franchi
in June -- has netted Gamburyan (9-4) a chance to ply his skills
against a former title contender.
This article was updated at 2:56 p.m. EST to change the date of
the bout from December to November.
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