Shoulder Injury Wipes Gamburyan from UFC 135 Slate

By Sherdog.com Staff Aug 15, 2011
Manny Gamburyan has been forced to withdraw from his UFC 135 bout against Diego Nunes after suffering an unspecified shoulder injury.

The California-based featherweight Monday announced his exit from the card, which takes place Sept. 24 at Pepsi Center in Denver.

“I’m [off] from the UFC 135 card. I hurt my shoulder and MRI is not looking good,” Gamburyan (Pictured) wrote on Twitter. “I just wanna say sorry to [all] my friends and fans. I’ll [be] back!”

Gamburyan, a former World Extreme Cagefighting 145-pound title challenger, also pulled out of a March engagement with Raphael Assuncao at UFC 128 due to a back injury. The judo black belt made his UFC return in June, dropping a majority decision to Tyson Griffin at UFC Live 4.

News of Gamburyan’s withdrawal came as a surprise to his opponent, Nunes, who Monday explained to Tatame.com that he had been anticipating the bout due to a year-long “beef” between the two.

“It was [WEC 51] in Colorado, when Jose Aldo fought him and I fought a local guy [Tyler Toner],” Nunes told the Brazilian website. “When we were autographing the event posters, I was distracted and signed on the head of Manny Gamburyan. A guy from the UFC said ‘not there,’ and I apologized because I was distracted. When [Gamburyan] was signing, he saw the signature on his forehead and found it disrespectful.”

The UFC has yet to announce a replacement opponent for Nunes.

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