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What could Henderson do to UFC lightweights?

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Smooth Ben waxing a flow against Jamie Varner

The song "Ring my Bell" comes to mind. You?

WEC 48 was a great card full of solid matches, two zombies and one big juicy turkey leg ready for the holiday UFC… er, that other organization’s celebration.

One of the most pleasant surprises was the sheer domination of “Smooth” Ben Henderson and his slinky, flexy self against Donald Cerrone who tapped out in less than two minutes – that or go to sleep and use Smooth as a Snuggie.

The guy has a game that’s off the chain – sleek enough to avoid Gilbert Melendez, strong enough to force Frankie Edgar into a sprawling fit and tough enough to take a Ken-Flo elbow to his medulla and keep on ticking.

But would he tap to B.J. Penn? I realize Frankie is the champ, and rightly so, but Baby Jay is an icon in this weight class. The frustrating thing is Dana White is running UFC and WEC concurrently, so we will ever find out?

Dana thinks it is not out of the realm of possibility, according to MMAJunkie.com:

How do you manage two separate 155-pound divisions? UFC president Dana White recently said that the promotions will likely one day merge the two divisions into the UFC, but for now, he’s got another idea for his top WEC lightweights: send them to Japan.

I would be so down with that. These amazing athletes tear it up in the House of the Rising Sun and come back to the states and create an eclipse. Folk in the lightweight divisions wouldn’t know what hit them.

It makes sense because where do you rank the dude? He has plowed through every lightweight in the WEC like the stomach flu through a G.I. tract – nice, fast and easy. (Hey, you understood it, didn’t you? All right then.)

The aforementioned duo – Melendez and Aoki – just got down on the Strikeforce debacle with Gilbert getting down on the man sans tights. As soon as Ben completed the match, MMA aficionados began their fantasy MMA teams and the mêlée began for the lightweight draft:

“When I look at the rankings of many of you in here, it drives me [expletive] nuts,” White said. “Henderson, because he’s in the WEC, and we own the WEC, where’s he ranked right now with most of you guys? But if he was in [expletive] Japan or some other place, you guys would have him ranked No. 2. It drives me crazy.”

Contrary to what some may believe, the WEC is not the UFC “farm system.”

It is run independently of the UFC, but if people yell loud enough, there could be the same anomaly like what happened to the 170s – they are no longer in WEC and GSP has a home in the UFC of which he will probably never get evicted.

So, stand down, folks. So far, Smooth Ben is going nowhere but perhaps the deft troika of pound-for-pound champs need to shipped overseas to fulfill their destinies? Maybe then we could answer the question, “Could Smooth Ben best the works of B.J. Penn.”

I know. I know. Frankie is the champ, and rightly so but face it, Penn is an icon in the weight class. Who would you rather fight? Maybe Dana knows that answer as well. Time will certainly tell.

Written by MMAniac

April 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm

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