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TUF 5 Finale: Submissions key to Diaz-Gamburyan fight?

With all the hype around the rematch between B.J. Penn and Jens Pulver this Saturday at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 5 Finale, there hasn't been much focus on the other featured lightweight showdown of the evening between finalists Nate Diaz and Manny Gamburyan.

Perhaps it's because no one expected much of Gamburyan, including his boss, UFC President Dana White. In fact, White offered a public apology to Gamburyan during the last episode of the reality series for underestimating the Armenian Judo specialist.

Even still, it appears that most fans, including 66 percent of UFCmania readers, believe Diaz will be crowned the first 155-pound TUF champ at The Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on June 23.

Naturally, Gamburyan disagrees, according to SportsIllustrated.com.

Here's a snip:

"If it stays standing, I'll stand with him and try to knock him out. If it goes to the ground, I'm going to go for submissions."

Diaz, not surprisingly, doesn't see it quite like that.

Here's a snip:

"I don't think he has better submissions than me. When I trained with him, I did better than him, and I did better with the other guys. I saw other guys tapping him out and those guys weren't tapping me out."

Unlike Penn-Pulver, this fight doesn't have much of a backstory. Unless, of course, Nick Diaz (Nate's brother) and Karo Parisyan (Manny's cousin) decide to go to blows outside the Octagon.

Nonetheless, it should be a competitive fight ... an outcome for which may surprise a few people.

(Check out more coverage on Diaz vs. Gamburyan here and here).

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