Mixed Promotion 140 lbs catchweight tourney: Sandro vs Gamburyan

Time to get back to business and see who the Maniacs feel is the cream of the crop in the Featherweight / Bantamweight divisions.

We will poll each fight individually, for 1 day, beginning with opening round Match #1.  MMA Mania has the most knowledgeable MMA online community, so please feel free to post your pick in the comments along with your analysis of how you see the fights breaking down.  Hopefully this will give us something to do on slow news days.

It was extremely hard to come up with seeding for this tourney as I bought in the best fighters from multiple promotions and 2 weight classes.  Accordingly, the top seeds went to current title holders.  For the rest of the seedings, I utilized multiple MMA rankings, while also taking styles into consideration.  I also tossed a few names in a hat, as there are so many good fighters in these classes, it was hard to decide who to put in/keep out.

Just so I don't get bombarded with fighters who were left out, here are the other names that were in the hat that didn't make it:  Josh Grispi, Shuichiro Katsumura, Scott Jorgenson, Michihiro Omigawa, L.C. Davis, Patricio Pitbull, Leonard Garcia, Raphael Assuncao, Takeya Mizugaki

***NOTE***  In the event of a tie, a randomly selected Maniac will act as the tie breaker.  That Maniac will be the 1st person to write a comment in the post thread.  So if you are the 1st to post a comment, make sure to include which fighter you voted for!!!!


1   Jose Aldo (WEC 17-1)

16  Masakatsu Ueda (Shooto 10-1-2)      

Match 1                                            1 Jose Aldo

                                                             QF1                  1  Jose Aldo

Match 2                                           8 Hatsu Hioki

8  Hatsu Hioki (Shooto 20-4-2)                            

9  Bibiano Fernandez (Dream 8-2)                                                                                              

                                                                                       Semi-Final 1

5  Joseph Benavides (WEC 12-1)                                                       

12  Brian Bowles (WEC 8-1)                                                               

Match 3                                          12 Brian Bowles

                                                            QF2                    4  Mike Brown

Match 4                                           4  Mike Brown

4  Mike Brown (WEC 23-6)                                                        

13  Abel Cullum (KOTC 18-3)

                                                                                                                           Tournament Championship                                                                                                                                                              

6  Urijah Faber  (WEC 23-4)                                                             

11  Manny Gambuyan (WEC 11-4)                                                               

Match 5                                         11  Manny Gamburyan

                                                           QF3                     Winner QF3

Match 6                                         3  Marlon Sandro

3  Marlon Sandro (WVR 16-1)                                      

14  Joe Soto (Bellator 9-0)                                                                                             

                                                                                         Semi-Final 2                                         

7  Miguel Torres (WEC 37-3)

10  Wagnney Fabiano (WEC 13-2)

Match 7                                          7  Miguel Torres

                                                            QF4                     Winner QF4

Match 8                                         15 Korean Zombie

Dominic Cruz (WEC 15-1)

15 Chan Sung Jung (WEC 10-2)


Quarterfinal #2:   In yet another close contest, MTB squeaked out the win with 57% of the vote.  He is now in the belly of the beast as he must face world destroyer Jr Aldo in the 1st semi-final match...

Quarterfinal #3:  The next man to face Aldo must first face team Nova Unaio member and current Sengoku Champ Marlon Sandro.  Both men have big power, but Sandro hold a significant edge in both striking and on the ground. That being said, last time Manny faced someone who on paper should have defeated him, he came away with the KO victory.


Marlon Sandro Standing Side Chokes Matt Jaggers Sengoku 7



  Manny Gamburyan KOs Mike Brown WEC 48
So lets hear it Maniacs.  Will the favorites move on, or will we see an underdog rise to the top?  You decide.

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