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When his back is against the wall, there's nothing like a little "home cooking" to motivate a fighter to step his game up.
Manny Gamburyan, a former fighter for World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and a former contestant on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) reality TV series, "The Ultimate Fighter" (TUF), will get a chance to see if his theory holds true, when he tries to avoid his fourth straight Zuffa defeat, as he takes on Michihiro Omigawa at UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles, Calif., on Sat., Aug. 4, 2012.
"The Anvil," who is an L.A. resident, will also be looking to defend his home turf as he takes on Omigawa in front of his friends and family.
Gamburyan spoke with MMAinterviews.tv, where he assessed his upcoming opponent and the challenges that he presents.
Check out what he had to say, as well as some video footage of Gamburyan's training, after the jump:
"He's a legit judo guy. He's a veteran. He knows how to fight. He's a gamer. He's more of a judo guy, but he can brawl. His takedown defense is actually pretty good because of his judo background. But, I've worked hard, so we'll see. It's not a judo fight, it's an MMA fight. So, I'm gonna go out and just do my thing. He's gonna do his thing, but I'm going out there for a 'W' and a 'W' only."
Even though it's a big fight and the pressure is on, Gamburyan doesn't feel this is his toughest fight to date. However, he'd love to notch a big win in front of his local supporters:
"I think this is the second biggest fight of my career. I've never fought in L.A. I fought in L.A. when I was 15 or 16, but it was in San Pedro at a college show. This one is in L.A., five minutes away from me. It's like hometown. Staples is big. It doesn't get bigger than this."
Gamburyan comes into the fight on a three-fight losing streak. His opponent, Omigawa, has lost three of his last four contests.
Both fighters will be desperate for a win, but Gamburyan feels he should be the favored of the two:
"On paper, I should have all the advantage, you know? I got the cardio. I got the technique. I mean, he's a judo guy. I'm a judo guy, too, but it's not that easy to throw me. Even if he throws me, after that, it's going to be a problem. I know how to grapple. I know how to strike. I know how to ground-and-pound. I know how to wrestle. It won't be an easy fight. I'm looking forward to getting a 'W,' and I'm ready to work."
Ultimately, Gamburyan believes he will be ready for a war, whether it comes by way of a quick stoppage or a full, three-round decision.
He's had a very positive camp, and he knows he's now at a point where he can't do much more to prepare for the outcome:
"You gotta be ready for 15 minutes of nonstop action, so I train really hard on my conditioning, my boxing, my muay thai, my jiu-jitsu -- I even went to Eddie Bravo's a couple times. He helped me get ready for this fight. I went to Diaz's camp and worked with Gilbert Melendez, Jake Shields, Nate Diaz. So, my camp was pretty good. That's all that matters now. I gotta go out there and leave everything in the cage."
Check out the full interview video below, complete with clips of "The Anvil" training for UFC on FOX 4: