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Aldo gets a leg up on Faber at WEC 48

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Jose Aldo literally kicks ass... well, legs too.

Courtesy: Cagewriter, Tracy Lee

Arguably, one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in Jose Aldo squared off against an amped Uriah Faber at WEC 48 and it didn’t disappoint.

With a brilliant introduction from Cagewriter (the great Steve Cofield):

Uriah Faber used to be the king of featherweight mountain. After his WEC 48 fight against current 145 champ Jose Aldo, Faber is lucky if he could take two steps up that mountain without falling down in excruciating pain.

Amen to that, brother. The last time I saw a leg that juicy, I broke it in two and gravy poured out of it. This one… not so much.

For 25 minutes, Aldo’s onslaught to Faber’s leg was a page out of the Forrest Griffin textbook, except much more punishing. Faber had his head held high – albeit from the warming confines of a stretcher – and Aldo walking out with the Featherweight title once again.

As we all know, Faber was the Featherweight Kingpin until Mike Brown stuck his right cross into the mix. And now Aldo stands alone.

The cat is untouchable, and so entertaining to watch. While some may have considered the ending lackluster to what was a spectacular card, the Faber home crowd even had to applaud Aldo’s victory.

“We were planning for it to be a tough fight,” Aldo said through manager and translator Ed Soares. “I know the crowd here is for Uirjah [sic], but I hold Sacramento close to my heart. It’s the first place I fought (for the WEC), and I hope they can adopt me … in my home away from home.”

And speaking of adoption, for those that think the WEC is the bastard stepchild of the UFC, get this report from MMA Junkie:

According to UFC and WEC president Dana White, the event, informally known as WEC 48, drew 14,144 fans to ARCO Arena, a figure that netted a gate of $1 million. If the numbers hold true when verified later this week by the California State Athletic Commission, each figure is a new WEC record.

Of course, Dana is trying to transition WEC into the UFC family, but the proof is there. There are plenty of true, avid MMA fans who could care less for the bombastic attitudes of juvenile organizations and prefer the higher brow of that brilliance we saw with WEC 48.

COUGH… Strikeforce… COUGH… WWE… Same effin’ thing… COUGH.

Anywhoo, before anyone starts smacking “Brown V. Aldo”, let’s not forget about another fight that surprised everyone when TUF 5 contestant Manny Gamburyan rang Mike Brown’s bell in the first round of their ballyhooed match.

Uriah Faber's jacked up wheel

Happy Thanksgiving, Uriah (Source: Twitpic)

Since Manny dropped to 145, he has been a beast. That’s no surprise because the featherweight division is jacked, so why not add one more name to the party. What’s great is you could tell the referee was trying to give the fans the bang for their ubiquitous bucks but the pounding was relentless and the match was stopped.

All in all, WEC 48 – worth the money, worth the viewing, worth the hype.

So who knows who will challenge Anderson Silva sans the stupid attitude, theatrics, sweet tights and about 40 pounds.

However, one thing is clear, if Faber wants to get back to the mountaintop, he is going to revisit his skill set, decide who to knock off first.

And, of course, figure out how to walk again.


Written by MMAniac

April 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm

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