Bryan Caraway says Manny Gamburyan calling him out ‘makes him look desperate’
Bryan Caraway could put himself among the bantamweight elite if he beats Raphael Assuncao on Saturday night. So the comments made by Manny Gamburyan last week haven’t gotten a reaction out of him.
"He’s looking up and I happen to be looking down on him," Caraway told FOX Sports. "I’m looking at that title, not looking back."
After beating Cody Gibson by submission at UFC 178, Gamburyan called out Caraway. With his friend Ronda Rousey by his side, Gamburyan challenged Caraway for his next fight. Rousey and Caraway’s girlfriend Miesha Tate have a long time rivalry and Gamburyan and Caraway were on opposite coaching staffs during The Ultimate Fighter 18.
"I think it kind of makes him look desperate," said Caraway, who meets Assuncao at UFC Fight Night on FOX Sports 1: MacDonald vs. Saffiedine in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Caraway (19-6) doesn’t even want to dignify Gamburyan with a response, but he understands why he’s doing it. Gamburyan just dropped down to bantamweight and Caraway is ranked No. 10 among bantamweight contenders. A win over Caraway would put Gamburyan in the title mix at 135 pounds.
"He thinks I’m an easy target," Caraway said. "He’s trying to get his name more relevant. He’s calling me out to get more publicity for himself."
Gamburyan is probably just being smart, taking a page out of Rousey’s trash-talking playbook. A fight between the two wouldn’t make much sense for the UFC, though. Caraway could be one or two wins away from a shot at the bantamweight title if he beats Assuncao, who is ranked No. 4. Gamburyan was actually losing that fight to Gibson before pulling off a guillotine in the third round.
Caraway, as one might expect, isn’t too interested in the potential matchup. At least not at this point.
"Tell him to get off the Fight Pass prelims and then we can talk," Caraway said.