Scott Jorgensen will return to bantamweight for his next fight.
The veteran fighter, who has seen little success during his four-fight foray at flyweight, will go back to 135 pounds to take on Manny Gamburyan at July 15’s UFC Fight Night 72 from the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.
Jorgensen went 1-3 since cutting to flyweight prior to December 2013’s UFC on FOX 9. His most recent bout was a UFC 179 submission loss to Wilson Reis, before which the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) veteran missed weight, forcing the bout to be contested at a catchweight.
Jorgensen also lost to top flyweights Zach Makovsky and Jussier Formiga during his trial run at the weight class, with his only win coming via a “Fight of the Night”-winning decision victory over Danny Martinez at last June’s UFC Fight Night 42 from Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The 32-year-old veteran found success in the WEC at bantamweight, going 9-2 in an 11-fight stretch and challenging former UFC champion Dominick Cruz for the first-ever UFC 135-pound belt. But his record has significantly trailed off ever since, and putting his body though the intense cut down to 125 pounds may have had a lot to do with that.
Gamburyan recently made his own bantamweight debut with a second round submission of Cody Gibson at UFC 178. Also a WEC alum, Gamburyan fought for several years at featherweight and lost a second round knockout to Jose Aldo for the title back at WEC 51. He dropped his last two 145-pound bouts to ranked fighters Nik Lentz and Dennis Siver, necessitating the move down to bantamweight.
It’ll be a match-up of a fighter who’s moving back up versus one who just recently moved down at UFC Fight Night 72, which features a heavyweight main event between former champion Frank Mir and longtime prospect Todd Duffee.