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Manny Gamburyan forced off UFC 135 with shoulder injury

Featherweight Diego Nunes is now without an opponent at UFC 135 after Manny Gamburyan injured his shoulder and has been forced out of the bout.  Gamburyan announced the news via his personal Twitter account.

UFC 135 takes place Sept. 24 from the Pepsi Center in Denver and is headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between champion Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

SOURCE: Twitter

MMA Trainer Shawn Tompkins dead at age 37

Shawn Tompkins, a renowned mixed martial arts coach who worked with some of the biggest names in the business, died Sunday morning.  He was 37. His death was confirmed by his manager Gary Ibarra.

A former Muay Thai fighter in his own right, the native of London, Ont., became a highly regarded MMA trainer and worked out of the Tapout Gym in Las Vegas.

Tompkins was responsible for the development of some of Canada’s most prominent fighters, including Sam Stout, Mark Hominick and Chris Horodecki. He was married to Stout’s sister Emilie.

Tompkins first started coaching in MMA in 2007 with the Los Angeles Anacondas of the defunct International Fight League. He then worked as a striking coach at MMA star Randy Couture’s Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas.

At Xtreme Couture, Tompkins worked with former champions Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort.  Tompkins left Xtreme Couture in 2009 to establish his own team at Tapout.


Photo: Manny Gamburyan (Rob Tatum/The MMA Corner)

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