Manny Gamburyan, the lightweight runner up on The Ultimate Fighter 5, is likely to make his WEC and featherweight debut against John Franchi at WEC 41 on June 7th at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California, according to MMA Madness.
After losing to Nate Diaz at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale due to a shoulder injury, Gamburyan (8-4) picked up back-to-back victories over Nate Mohr and Jeff Cox. However, he most-recently dropped two-straight bouts to Rob Emerson and Thiago Tavares that resulted in his drop to featherweight and move to the UFC’s sister promotion.
Fanchi (5-0) in undefeated in five professional bouts, most-recently defeating Mike Budnik via split decision in his WEC debut earlier this month.
WEC 41 is headlined by a featherweight championship rematch featuring title-holder Mike Brown against former champion Urijah Faber and airs live on Versus.