Prior to putting Manny Gamburyan to sleep at WEC 51 on Thursday, many compared featherweight champ Jose Aldo to his amigo Anderson Silva. Nobody owns more highlight-reel footage than the UFC middleweight king, although Aldo is quickly gaining ground and has catapulted himself to the top of the world’s best pound-for-pound list in the meantime.
Gamburyan looked fairly sharp in the opening round, or at least as impressive as a 4-to-1 underdog could have against the blazin’ Brazilian. Although he landed several of his trademark leg kicks, there wasn’t much early production coming from the division’s top dog.
“In the 1stRound, I was going to see what he was going to do,” Aldo admitted after the fight. “And when I came back in the 2ndRound, I just put all the work I put in the gym into the cage and I was able to knock him out.”
If that’s the kind of violence they‘re teaching at Team Black House, then the talented Brazilian squad will run out of willing opponents very quickly – if they haven’t already. The famed Southern California gym now stakes claim to the sport’s top two P4P fighters, with Mr. Spider coming in a close second – with all due respect
While Aldo’s status as the world’s best pound-for-pound athlete can be argued all the livelong day, what isn’t up for debate is the fact Aldo is the baddest 145-pounder breathing.
“If it was up to me, my reign will last forever,” Aldo ambitiously stated.
At the tender age of 24 year and with a nearly flawless 18-1 record under his bling-bling belt, it’s hard to imagine him getting knocked off his throne anytime soon. At least I’m not about to try.