UFC on FOX 4 results: Manny Gamburyan defeats Michihiro Omigawa
Monday, 13 August 2012 13:26 | Author: Steven Marrocco - MMAJunkie.com |
After a back-and-forth fight between the former judokas, Gamburyan took home a unanimous decision in the second preliminary-card fight of "UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera."
UFC on FOX took place Saturday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Gamburyan vs. Omigawa aired live on FUEL TV in advance of main-card fights on FOX.
Gamburyan stalked in with hands low as Omigawa bounced and kicked the legs to start off the action. Gamburyan broke a staring match with a flying knee. But a straight left from Omigawa dropped him just moments later. Omigawa did not choose to keep the pressure on and instead continued to snipe as Gamburyan pressed in yet again. Omigawa, who switched stances several times, had difficulty replicating the success of his first straight left, and Gamburyan scored with several stiff punches. His subsequent attempt to take the fight down was unsuccessful, but with Gamburyan's late-round surge, the first round was close.
An aggressive Omigawa pressed with left hands right off the bat to start the second, which prompted a short firefight as Gamburyan attempted to counter. Taking advantage of a lull in action, Gamburyan pressed for a takedown and was briefly caught in a modified choke. After an extended struggle, he managed to get the fight down, but Omigawa popped right back up.
Gamburyan then went big with a suplex, but again, Omigawa regained his feet. A third attempt allowed Gamburyan to take the back and work for a choke. Omigawa craftily scooted back to the cage and stood up, but took a stiff punch for his effort. Neither man could put an exclamation mark to end the second frame.
With Gamburyan likely leading on points, Omigawa again pressed forward with punches in the third. But Gamburyan countered beautifully with a right head kick, and instantly, Omigawa was in trouble. Gamburyan charged with punches and again landed a head kick, but Omigawa somehow managed to survive. The sequence clearly tired Gamburyan, however, and Omigawa exploited the gap by pressing with short, accurate punches that put his opponent against the fence.
Gamburyan returned fire with a big right hand, but Omigawa would not be deterred, landing more shots that prompted a desperation shot. Gamburyan completed the takedown, but Omigawa again popped up and briefly threatened with a guillotine choke. Gamburyan avoided the submission and twice slammed Omigawa to the mat. Still resilient, Omigawa recovered and again threatened with a choke, but couldn't get it. A final head kick from Gamburyan landed after the two returned to center-cage.
"It feels so good to snap a three-fight losing streak because losing hurts more than anything," said Gamburyan, who fights out of Gokor Chivichyan's Hayastan MMA Academy in North Hollywood, Calif. "I clipped him twice with head kicks and hurt him really badly. I think anyone else would’ve gone down, but he just looked back at me like he was telling me to hit him again. All of my friends here in L.A. were telling me that I couldn’t lose at the Staples Center, so there was a lot of added pressure. Omigawa is a really legit judo guy and I knew he would be tough, so I trained super hard for this one."