UFC 135: Diego Nunes vs Manny Gamburyan fight announced for Sept. 24 in Denver

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With all the fight announcements for events throughout the fall and into the winter of 2011, it's seemed a bit like the UFC 135 fight card, taking place Sept. 24 in Denver, Colorado, was forgotten about.

As early as last week, the event had just seven bouts booked with only three of them confirmed. That's changing now as a featherweight battle of two top contenders has been booked for the show when Diego Nunes takes on Manny Gamburyan.

UFC.com passed along word of the pending match-up earlier this evening.

Nunes, of course, came up just short in his bid to earn a title shot against division champion Jose Aldo when he welcomed Kenny Florian to the 145-pound division on June 11.

It was a close -- and mildly controversial, if you ask Diego -- bout but almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. The silver lining here is that "The Gun" certainly wasn't given much of a step down.

Manny Gamburyan is slipping, he's falling and he can't get up. But he'll have to do just that if he'd like to remain gainfully employed by Ultimate Fighting Championship.

That's because he's dropped his last two fights in a row and you know what happens if he gets that third strike.

The level of competition he's been facing is nothing to scoff at -- no one will run him for losing to Jose Aldo and Tyson Griffin -- but this is a results driven business.

Time to shape up or ship out.

UFC 135 will feature the first title defense of light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, putting his 205-pound title on the line against former division kingpin Quinton Jackson. Former welterweight champion and UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes will headline the co main event opposite Diego Sanchez.

To check out the the latest UFC 135 fight card line up, which is always subject to change, click here.

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