WEC CageThe WEC’s pay-per-view debut won’t happen in May as Reed Harris mentioned before, but it will cost you $44.99 to see it.

World Extreme Cagefighting will stage its first pay-per-view event April 24, scheduling a star-stacked card for its first attempt to persuade mixed martial arts fans to pay $44.99 for its fights.

Urijah Faber will meet featherweight champion Jose Aldo in the main event of WEC 48 from Sacramento, Calif., the lighter-weight MMA promotion’s leaders told The Associated Press before Wednesday’s announcement.

Former featherweight champion Mike Brown also will meet Manny Gamburyan at Arco Arena, and lightweight champion Ben Henderson will fight Donald Cerrone in a rematch of their acclaimed October bout.

Not surprisingly, the event will take place at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California, the same place where WEC 46 was held last month. They need a big event atmosphere for pay-per-view and bringing Urijah Faber to ARCO virtually guarantees that.

Two title fights, including a rematch of a spectacular fight still fresh in everyone’s minds, makes for a solid line-up but will it be enough for people to fork over the same amount they shell out for UFC pay-per-view events each month?

Time will tell, but what I want to know is what Strikeforce and CBS think about this. They’re expected to run a major event with Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson in April but haven’t set a date (though April 17 has been rumored). If they schedule it for April 24, they wouldn’t have to worry about UFC counter-programming and it would spell disaster for the WEC who have taken a few shots at them recently. Yes, it would be playing dirty and may not be worth the inevitable retaliation, but hey, it’s not anything the UFC hasn’t done before.