“WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber” took place Saturday night inside the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California. The landmark event was the organization’s first pay-per-view broadcast and was headlined by a pair of spectacular title bouts.
Tyler Toner Defeated Brandon Visher via TKO (Elbows) at 2:36 in the 1stRound
Takeya Mizugaki Defeated Rani Yahya via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Chad Mendes Defeated Anthony Morrison via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:13 in the 1stRound
Brad Pickett Defeated Demetrious Johnson via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Anthony Pettis Defeats Alex Karalexis via Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:35 in the 2ndRound
Leonard Garcia Defeated Chan Sung Jung via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Shane Roller Defeated Anthony Njokuani via Submission (Read Naked Choke) at 3:07 in the 1stRound
Manny Gamburyan Defeated Mike Brown via TKO (Strikes) at 2:22 in the 1stRound
Ben Henderson Defeated Donald Cerrone via Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:57 in the 1stRound (WEC lightweight Champion)
Jose Aldo Defeats Urijah Faber via Unanimous Decision (49-45, 49-45, 50-45) (WEC Featherweight Champion)
Fight of the Night:
Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung ($65,000/each)
Submission of the Night:
Benson Henderson ($65,000)
Knockout of the Night:
Manny Gamburyan ($65,000)
When questioned by commentator Joe Rogan on why he appeared to ease up during the championship rounds:
“I was just waiting for the right time, and try to finish. Every time I step in the Octagon, I always try to finish and unfortunately I wasn’t able to tonight,” Aldo said.
“Every time I would try to kick, he would switch his base and I was aware of that. So I didn’t want to go outside of my limits and get caught in something … He has a very strong right cross and I wanted to pay attention to that. I just was waiting for the right time to try to finish.”
Rogan was also critical of the champ on his Twitter by stating, “Aldo is [expletive] incredibly talented, but I was disappointed that he didn’t try to finish.”
“I trained a lot of defensive leg kicks, but he’s really effective with them,” a battered Faber said after the loss. “He took my legs away from me. I was losing mobility.”
Early Attendance and Revenue:
According to UFC and WEC president Dana White, the event drew 14,144 fans to ARCO Arena, garnering a $1 million gate.
WEC 48 Closing Thoughts:
It was an anticlimactic ending to a spectacular night of fights on Saturday. After countless explosive finishes to open up the evening, the main event lacked the highlight reel ending fans were hoping for.
However, that wasn’t the fault of either champ as Faber competed with one leg for most of the 5Rounds and Aldo thoroughly dominated the affair. However, Aldo did receive some flack for not trying to finish Faber in the championship rounds.
Faber’s standing as one of the world’s best mixed martial artists is certainly not jeopardy, however Aldo’s reign atop the WEC’s featherweight division appears to be only beginning.
Other than that, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC and WEC, couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off their pay-per-view debut.