WEC 48 ‘Aldo vs Faber’ Results, Wrap-Up, Bonuses & Live Gate

WEC 48 PosterWEC 48 took place earlier this evening at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California.

In the night’s main event, Jose Aldo put his WEC featherweight title on the line against Urijah Faber.

In the co-main event, champ Ben Henderson met Donald Cerrone in a rematch for the WEC lightweight title.

Mike Brown faced off against Manny Gamburyan in a featherweight bout.

Anthony Njokuani took on Shane Roller in a lightweight match-up.

Antonio Banuelos and Scott Jorgensen met in a bantamweight fight.

Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.

Results

  • Jose Aldo defeats Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision (49-45, 49-45, 50-45)
  • Benson Henderson defeats Donald Cerrone via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
  • Manny Gamburyan defeats Mike Brown via Knockout in Round One
  • Shane Roller defeats Anthony Njokuani via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
  • Scott Jorgensen defeats Antonio Banuelos via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Leonard Garcia defeats Chan Sung Jung via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Anthony Pettis defeats Alex Karalexis via Submission (Triangle Choke) in Round Two
  • Brad Pickett defeats Demetrious Johnson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Chad Mendes defeats Anthony Morrison via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
  • Takeya Mizugaki defeats Rani Yahya via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Tyler Toner defeats Brandon Visher via TKO (Elbows) in Round One

Thoughts & Recap

Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen: Antonio Banuelos and Scott Jorgensen kicked off the first-ever WEC pay-per-view with a bang. Banuelos pulled ahead early dropping Jorgensen with a left hook right on the button in the first round. Even though Jorgensen was clearly rocked for a second or two Banuelos wasn’t able to finish him. It was a missed opportunity because Jorgensen turned the tide in the second round. Jorgensen started picking Banuelos apart on the feet and never looked back. Banuelos fought like a warrior to the final bell, but it wasn’t enough to win rounds two or three.

Anthony Njokuani vs. Shane Roller: Shane Roller wanted no part of Anthony Njokuani on the feet. He immediately shot in and secured the takedown. Roller dominated from there. It took him a minute or so, but he was able to transition to Njokuani’s back and lock in the rear-naked choke for the win.

Special appearance alert: Jake Shields was in the house. Grinning from ear-to-ear, Dana White pointed at Jake and mouthed, “He’s mine.” It was pretty obvious who he was talking to and it wasn’t you or me. Image via Cagewriter

Mike Brown vs. Manny Gamburyan: Manny Gamburyan made a big statement tonight. During an early exchange Gamburyan caught Mike Brown on the chin with a clean right hook. A few punches later it was over. Gamburyan made it clear he wants a title shot. After tonight’s performance, he just might get one. If nothing else, he’ll be in the mix.

Benson Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone: No fight of the night from Henderson and Cerrone tonight. Maybe submission of the night, but not FOTN. It was quick. During an early scramble, Cerrone left his neck out a little too far. Henderson grabbed it and sunk in the quick guillotine choke for the win.

Jose Aldo vs. Urijah Faber: Urijah Faber has the heart of a lion, but tonight, it might have taken an actual lion to beat Jose Aldo. For the first four rounds, Aldo was spectacular. Not only did he land devastating body shots with ease, he destroyed Urijah’s left leg with leg kick after leg kick after leg kick. By the time the third and fourth rounds rolled around Aldo was sweeping Faber off his feet with nearly every kick he threw. The few times it did go to the ground Aldo dominated there too. In fact, the fourth round ended with Aldo on top of Faber in the crucifix position popping him unanswered punches and elbows Nelson-Kimbo style. If you can criticize Aldo for anything, it was his reluctance to attack and finish Faber off in the fifth. I don’t know whether he was playing it safe or just having mercy on Faber, but he didn’t do much of anything in the final round. That was pretty much the only knock on the whole show. It ended in rather anti-climatic fashion. I’ll tell you what though, that Jose Aldo is something special, and there’s only a few guys I would say that about in this sport.

Pay-per-view impressions: Yes, WEC 48 Aldo vs. Faber was the best MMA event of the past three weeks (and probably even the best of the year thus far). It took away the bad taste that Anderson Silva and the Strikeforce show left in our mouths. The Aldo-Faber fight absolutely had that big pay-per-view main event feel. They are worth paying for. That said, I have no clue what Zuffa is doing with this thing. The only WEC logo I saw the entire night was on some kid’s shirt in the crowd. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if they blurred it out in the replays Affliction-style. I get why they didn’t use it in their marketing, but if they’re really trying to build the WEC brand why erase it from the show altogether? The people who are watching already paid. Instead, it came off as a confused UFC event in a blue “Octagon.” That’s not to say that the presentation was poor, just that it was a UFC-style production wrapped in generic packaging. The average UFC fan who saw it had to confused by what they were watching. The show completely lacked any sort of identity (just like boxing) which makes me wonder why they just don’t fold the WEC into the UFC if the WEC brand isn’t even worth promoting. It would be great for the fans and great for the fighters. Maybe not so great for Zuffa, but I’m sure they’d survive with only one extremely lucrative promotion under their wing.

For whatever reason though, that doesn’t seem to be the plan. Dana White says he has one, but I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what it is, because right now it’s a complete mystery to me.

Bonuses $65,000

Knockout of the Night: Manny Gamburyan
Submission of the Night: Ben Henderson
Fight of the Night: Leonard Garcia & Chan Sung Jung

Bonus info via MMA Junkie

Live Gate & Attendance

Live gate: $792,640
Attendance: 12,555

Gate info via MMA Weekly

  • Efrain

    wow steve what a great card huh?? mike brown loses, jung vs garcia one of the best fights i’ve ever seen in my life which i think jung should of won ! ben quickly defeats cerrone, and aldo destroying fabor just awesome, probably the best PPV in a long time. all the haters what’s up??????? ;)

    • http://www.mmaconvert.com Steve Barry

      It was exciting, that’s for sure. I totally missed the Garcia-Jung fight twice! Have family visiting and got in late from dinner so I missed the prelims on Spike, then I missed it again after the Aldo-Faber fight because I was busy writing. Got it on DVR though, I’ll catch it in the morning.

      • Efrain

        you’re gonna love it !

        • http://www.mmaconvert.com Steve Barry

          That was insane! It was very similar to Griffin-Bonnar. It was close, Jung probably should have won, but it was so much fun to watch who cares who won. One of those fights where neither fighter really lost.

          • Efrain

            i know right ! and the great thing is that they’re probably gonna have a rematch soon i heard, just like griffin and bonnar lol. and what’s awesome that was the fight on spike TV! they did a great job !

  • Big D

    Wec will merge soon with UFC. Great fights but low ppv’s I’m betting. Wec also lost their poster boy Faber. Aldo is to hard to promote to a casual fan and their won’t be a WEC ppv event again. The light weight will fold first and then the rest. Good news…the ufc will have some new weight classes!

  • jmsdevils

    maybe it was just me but i thought no way garcia won i had it 2-1 for the korean zombie or as i like to call him the Kozombie

    • Berezansky

      I scored it 2-1 for Jung too, but that was just too damn wild to actually score accuratly. Rematch? I hope so. This was a great card; I hate to say it, but it’s probably the best card I’ve seen all year.

  • Deep West Hydraulics

    That shit with Jake Sheilds was fukkin GREAT! I laughed so hard

  • MMA is Pride

    I have only seen a few fights on my computer but this looked like a great PPV overall.

    However, I kind of dislike the attitude of the Brazilian fighters recently that just do the minimum to win fights and control it to the last round to grind a decision. Aldo is a tremendous fighter, one of the very best P4P, no doubt, but he reminded me A. Silva without the gimmiks in the 5th round. He should have finished this fight. Faber was ready to be finished and Aldo just played strategy. Disappointing….

    Concerning D. White, the prediction for FOTY for Henderson-Cerrone or Faber-Aldo was not really accurate, that’s the least we can say. Glad I have seen a little bit of the prelims as well as Jorgensen’s fight

  • jmsdevils

    To me it seemed he was having mercy on faber – i know its a fight but i was ok with it after he worked him for 3 rounds, he did get on top in the 3rd but after it just looked like he was having mercy on him (and he avoided any injurys)

  • Will the Real Tito Please Stand Up

    I was hoping Joe would bring up the point for Aldo to move up to 155lb… I mean, Aldo should’ve given the opportunity to call out the likes of Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn :)

    Speaking of which, how do you guys feel about Henderson in the UFC? Could he be a condender?

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