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“WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber” – Who’s Buying it?

Written by Tom Ngo
April 23rd, 2010
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WEC Poster 48: Aldo vs. Faber

While most WEC fans are distraught over having to pay for a product they have always received for free, the UFC has done everything possible to set its little brother up for success.

UFC president Dana White has been named the event’s official promoter and UFC commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan will be rockin’ the mic inside of Arco Arena. They even created “Countdown to WEC 48,” the first preview show made for a WEC event.

Unfortunately, all WEC 48 will be missing is one Octagon and the myriad of superstars attached to it. However if it’s any consolation, this weekend’s card still comes equipped with the UFC’s customary $44.95 PPV price tag.

The show will feature two title fights and will be headlined by their most popular fighter, former featherweight champ Urijah Faber. He will be standing opposite reigning king Jose Aldo, the brutal Brazilian that has violently disposed of his last nine foes – so the blockbuster main event is definitely set.

Opening for them will be 2009 Fight of the Year recipients, lightweight title holder Ben Henderson and Donald Cerrone. If the 155-pounders can muster up half the excitement they did in their initial meeting at WEC 43, fans will already have received their money’s worth.

Despite these rough economic times, I will gladly pay for Saturday’s star-studded event. However, I wonder if the WEC just revealed their best hand and won’t be able to trump their debut PPV in the future?

Here is a breakdown of tomorrow’s agenda:

Preliminary Bouts:

Tyler Toner vs. Brandon Visher
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Rani Yahya
Demetrious Johnson vs. Brad Pickett

Spike TV (9PM ET/6PM PT)

Alex Karalexis vs. Anthony Pettis
Chan Sung Jung vs. Leonard Garcia

Main Bouts:

Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen
Anthony Njokuani vs. Shane Roller
Mike Brown vs. Manny Gamburyan
Donald Cerrone vs. Ben Henderson (WEC lightweight Champion)
Urijah Faber vs. Jose Aldo (WEC Featherweight Champion)

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