With both men riding long losing streaks, no two fighters had more on the line at UFC on Fox 4 than Manny Gamburyan and Michihiro Omigawa.
With the loser likely leaving the UFC, Gamburyan was able to sneak away with a close decision win to save his spot on the UFC roster.
What We’ll Remember About This Fight
Omigawa’s chin is ridiculous.
Gamburyan rocked the Japanese fighter with a hard head kick, and the follow-up punches landed right on the money as well.
Somehow Omigawa was able to survive, but the damage was likely done and he couldn’t do enough to steal back the round.
What We Learned About Gamburyan
Manny still has a lot of fight in him.
“The Anvil” hasn’t looked great inside the cage since he knocked out Mike Brown in the WEC a couple of years ago, but this was his most complete performance since that fight and things are looking up for the former finalist of The Ultimate Fighter.
What We Learned About Omigawa
If that was Omigawa’s last fight in the UFC, he definitely went out on his sword.
Gamburyan just landed a few more shots and had a slight advantage in the clinch, and that led to the takedowns.
Even though Omigawa was able to get back to his feet almost immediately, in a close fight every little advantage counts and Gamburyan earned some much-needed points.
What’s Next for Gamburyan
Well, he’s back on the right track.
Gamburyan really needed that win, and now that he’s back in the win column he’s going to get thrown right back into the fire.
A fight with Hatsu Hioki would be really interesting, and whoever comes out of that one will be heading toward “the mix” at 145.
What’s Next for Omigawa
Unless the UFC decides to keep him around to fight in China later this year, I have a feeling that Omigawa’s days in the Octagon are behind him.
The judo black belt has lost four of his five fights since returning to the Octagon in early 2011, and with a 1-6 career UFC record, he probably won’t find his way back anytime soon.