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Manny Gamburyan Drops to Bantamweight, Fights Cody Gibson at UFC 178
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Manny Gamburyan Drops to Bantamweight, Fights Cody Gibson at UFC 178

Manny Gamburyan has been on the sidelines since last August, and although he had a fight scheduled for UFC on FX 8 on May 18 in Brazil, it’s going to be a while longer before he returns to the Octagon.

UFC officials on Monday announced the Gamburyan has suffered another injury, forcing him out of his scheduled fight with Hacran Dias.

Dias will instead face Nik Lentz.

Dias (21-1-1) enters the bout on a nine-fight winning streak. He last set foot in the Octagon last June when he defeated Yuri Alcantara at UFC 147.

Lentz (23-5-2) had been going through a rough patch after back-to-back losses to close 2011 and open 2012. He has since rejuvenated his career by dropping from lightweight down to featherweight, where he has won his last two fights.

Lentz’s last fight was at UFC on FX 7 in Brazil in January, where he defeated Diego Nunes and sent him packing from the Octagon.

It took Gamburyan several months to get a fight lined up following his victory over Michihiro Omigawa last August. He had been slated to fight Chad Mendes at the UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche event, but an injury forced him out of that fight. Now he’s also out of the May bout as well, once again awaiting his return to the Octagon.

A middleweight bout between Vitor Belfort and Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold headlines the UFC on FX 8 fight card.

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