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WEC 48: Jose Aldo stakes claim as MMA pound for pound king

April 27, 2010   ·   0 Comments

Jose Aldo wastes little and appears to lay waste to every opponent. The WEC featherweight champion dominated Urijah Faber at WEC 48, and staked a viable claim as the leading pound for pound fighter in the sport.

The Brazilians chosen method of destruction in this contest was leg kicks, until by the fourth and fifth rounds, he was in cruise control.  He won by unanimous decision 49-45, 49-45 and 50-45. It marked the first time WEC was placed on pay-per-view. Anyone who paid for it will not have been disappointed. It was a thrilling event from top to bottom, the little men of MMA showing that speed increases massively down the weight scale.

Faber, principally a gifted wrestler replete with dangerous submission skills, took to the stand up with Aldo, the taller, longer man and paid the price. It is hard to see who is out there to challenge Aldo. Id like to see him fight in the WEC (or the UFC come to that) at lightweight.

One of the fights of the night, for excitement if not technical skills, was Leonard Garcia versus Chan Sung Jung. The ultimate crowd pleaser. Dont watch it with a headache. Non-stop action for 15 minutes. I thought Jung won the fight; the judges gave it 29-28 to Garcia on a split decision. If you can get your hands on a copy of the contest, watch it. Unmissable. Bonnar v Griffin on fast forward.

Jung might be called The Korean Zombie, but hed be anyones nightmare. Garcia, wella game, Mexican warrior. The best way to describe the fight is insane.  The only Brit on card, Brad Pickett, enjoyed a unanimous points decision over rated Demetrious Johnson. Very versatile. There is a case for stating that Pickett actually looks the most rounded mixed martial artist to emerge yet from the UK.

By dint, one suspects, of the amount of time he spends with Mike Brown, the American who lost by KO in the first round to Manny Gamburyan.  Well, the most rounded apart from Alex Reid the celebrity cagefighter (just kidding).


Jose Aldo beat Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 50-45)  retains WEC featherweight title
Benson Henderson def. Donald Cerrone via submission (1:57, guillotine choke, R1) retains WEC lightweight title
Manny Gamburyan def. Mike Brown via knockout (2:22, punches, R1)
Shane Roller over Anthony Njokuani via submission (3:07, rear-naked choke, R1)
Scott Jorgensen def. Antonio Banuelos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)


Leonard Garcia def. Chan Sung Jung via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Anthony Pettis over Alex Karalexis via submission (1:35, triangle choke, R2)
Brad Pickett beat Demetrious Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Chad Mendes def. Anthony Morrison via submission (2:13, guillotine choke, R1)
Takeya Mizugaki over Rani Yahya via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Tyler Toner beat Brandon Visher via TKO (2:36, elbows, R1)



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