One person that was sitting at full attention during last night’s “WEC 46: Varner vs. Henderson” event was newly-crowned featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
With two former 145-pond champions fighting on the card, Mike Brown and Urijah Faber, Aldo knew his future foe, and first title defense, was within arm’s reach.
Although both posted sick rear-naked submission wins inside Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA, it appears Faber will be getting first dibs at Aldo’s strap as the two are being mentioned as headliners for the organization’s first pay-per-view broadcast.
“I would think that as we move toward [PPV, Aldo vs. Faber] would be a great pay-per-view,” WEC general manager Reed Harris said at the post-fight press conference. “I think the fans would pay to see that fight.
“There’s a lot of things that we look at that go into doing [a pay-per-view], and we want to make sure that our first one is very, very successful. We need to do more than just one good fight on that card. We want to put together a card where people are basically saying they cannot miss it.”
Faber, who bumped his professional record to 23-3 after subbing Raphael Assuncao in the 3rdRound of their contest, is stoked at the prospect of reclaiming his belt against the electrifying Aldo. Although the Brazilian is riding a nine-fight winning streak, en route to an overall record of 16-1, Faber can’t wait to get his hands on the man that currently sits atop the mountain.
“I’m hoping it will be fairly quick,” Faber said of his availability. “I didn’t take any injuries tonight, and I had a long layoff with my hand last time.
“[Aldo] is an exciting fighter. It kind of reminds me of the Randy Couture -Vitor Belfort – ‘The Phenom’ with the hands and the crafty veteran. It’s funny that I’m the veteran at this point, but I’m looking forward to a knock-down, drag-out. Two exciting guys, and hopefully it happens soon.”