After a 17-year mixed martial arts journey, Manvel Gamburyan is calling it a career.
The Glendale Fighting Club competitor originally from Armenia announced his retirement on Saturday, following a second-round TKO loss to Johnny Eduardo at UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
"This might surprise a lot of people, even my family and friends," Gamburyan said. "It's been tough, this has been a long road, this is my first time being in Brazil. I had a great time, but, I think this is it for me, guys. I'm going to call it a career, probably."
While never winning a major championship, Gamburyan was a durable presence on the scene, as he fought 19 times in Zuffa -- 15 in the UFC, 4 in the WEC -- in a stint dating back to 2007.
Gamburyan made it to the finals of the well-remembered Ultimate Fighter 5, where he lost to Nate Diaz via injury TKO at lightweight. He found success as a featherweight in the WEC, where he won three consecutive bouts before losing a challenge to then champion-Jose Aldo at WEC 51.
Gamburyan finishes with a record of 15-10 (1 NC), including 6-8 (1NC) in the UFC. He had nine wins via finish, including seven submissions.
I just give it my best, I want to thank my gym and my training partners, I had a great time, a great trainer, I never thought about it but I felt like it was getting harder and I think this is it, I enjoyed it, I loved being part of the UFC.