Aldo unleashed a thrashing on Faber’s lead leg throughout the scrap – specifically in the opening rounds – battering it to the point that it forced the hometown hero to fight the championship rounds on just one leg.
“I trained a lot of defense [for] those leg kicks, but he was very effective with them,” a disappointed Faber said after the contest. “He really took away my legs, and it was impossible to get something going when he was attacking like that.”
The Brazilian demanded to make his first title defense against the division’s former king in his own backyard, however backed it up by cruising to a lopsided 49-45, 49-45, 50-45 unanimous decision victory in front of the Arco Arena crowd.
With the loss, Faber’s record now drops to 23-4 and he’s lost three of his last five contests. Regardless, “The California Kid” remains the WEC’s most adored athlete – although Aldo’s time has definitely arrived.