WEC 48 takes place this Saturday night at Arco Arena in Sacramento, California marking the first Pay Per View event in the WEC’s history. Atop the WEC fight card is fan-favorite and hometown hero Urijah Faber, the former WEC Featherweight Champion, facing the current champ, Brazilian Jose Aldo. In an effort to boost the WEC’s first PPV fight card they wisely chose to add a WEC Lightweight Championship bout featuring fast-rising Benson Henderson, the reigning champ, and the popular Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Two preliminary WEC fights will be televised on Spike TV on Saturday night at 9 pm with the PPV portion of the card to begin at 10 pm ET. For complete WEC 48 fight previews look to the MMA news leaders at ProFighting-fans.com, and after the fights be sure to check out the WEC 48 fight results.
WEC 48 Main Event: Jose Aldo vs Urijah Faber
In the last fight of the night, Sacramento’s own Urijah Faber takes on Brazilian Jose Aldo in his attempt to regain the WEC Featherweight title. If Faber’s career were to be summed up in a highlight reel, it may have to be put on a double disc DVD because the California Kid has had many a war inside the cage, and always seems to come out smiling. Faber is a guy that just seems likeable when he fights because he fights with tenacity and skill, but brings a laid-back attitude to the cage as well. Faber may look like any of the countless surf bums that you may find on a beach in California, but his toughness sets him apart. In a rematch with Mike Brown last June, Faber broke his right hand and injured his left wrist but refused to quit, only changing his plan of attack to include elbow strikes and modified punches. Jose Aldo is a young fighter that has a black belt in jiu-jitsu, but seems determined to show off his other talents in the cage. All 6 of his WEC fights have ended by TKO with Aldo as the victor. Take a look at the 8 second knockout of Cub Swanson for further proof that Aldo’s striking is a legitimate threat. The fight on April 24th will take place in Faber’s stomping ground, and it seems likely that he will put on a show for his hometown fans. Despite the location and Faber’s never-say-die attitude, Aldo is above and beyond in both striking and jiu-jitsu. Faber will probably not want to use his wrestling to take this fight to the ground in order to stay away from an Aldo submission. Urijah’s best bet is to stand and trade with Aldo and hope to catch him out of position for a knockout or to grind out a decision victory. While heart and determination may have been the deciding factors in Rocky II, I don’t see Faber winning this one in front of his hometown crowd.
Prediction – Aldo by knockout