The Armenian Anvil looked to have it all in check for Jose Aldo.
He'd come forward early in the fight and looked to blast Aldo with a Vitor Belfort-like flurry in the first few minutes of the first round.
Then, Jose Aldo gave us "The Reminder".
As the time passed, Aldo was methodical and although not a wrestler, dished out his own "methodical dismemberment" to Gamburyan, throwing and connecting with leg kicks that reminded everyone why Urijah Faber's next fight won't be the first step towards a rematch for Aldo's belt.
The first round ended amidst a chorus of boos, as it was uneventful and neither man had really pushed the action as hoped.
Then came the second round.
As some had predicted, Gamburyan's patience proved to be his undoing, as Aldo landed an uppercut on Gamburyan, got his back, and unleashed an Aldo Hell-Storm from the dominant position to the right side of Gamburyan's head.
The blitzkrieg of shots came too fast for Gamburyan, and Herb Dean had to stop the fight when Gamburyan couldn't answer the shots.
So if you thought Manny was going to prove that Aldo was overrated... sorry dude.
Aldo's still the champ, and now he's second to GSP on Fanhouse MMA's Top 10 P4P list.
Seriously. He's ahead of Anderson Silva.
So what did this do to Gamburyan's career?
It made him fall back a bit -- all losses to a champion do in some way, but it also shows that you have to blast Aldo early with a speed-demon's striking offense in order to beat him.
Actually, that's what it taught Gamburyan.
He's still a future threat to the belt, but he has to let his hands go more than he did last night.
Next up for Gamburyan: That depends on the Josh Grispi-Erik Koch fight.
The winner of LC Davis's fight with Grispi was believed to be the wild card in the WEC Title Hunt for Aldo, but depending on how the fight goes at WEC 52, it could be the wild card in the plans for Aldo's next title defense,
Hey, Manny beat Mike Brown for a shot at Aldo even though the shot wasn't at stake.
Who says Grispi may not face Gamburyan to stake his crack at Aldo?