TUF 5 alum “Pitbull” Manvel Gamburyan (8-3) will fight at UFC 94 on 31 January in Las Vegas, and has agreed to face Brazilian lightweight Thiago Tavares (13-3), he confirmed to MMA Weekly Sunday.

Gamburyan said, “He’s a phenomenal fighter.  I’m really happy I’m fighting him. With a good victory, that’s going to put me on top for sure.”

Gamburyan was KO’d in twelve seconds by Robert Emerson (8-6) at UFC 87 in August.

Tavares is coming off two consecutive losses, most recently losing a unanimous decision to “Batman” Kurt Pellegrino (12-4) at UFC 88 in September.

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