by MMAWeekly.com Live
World Extreme Cagefighting makes its first foray on pay-per-view on Saturday night pitting two of the sport’s best featherweight fighters against each other. WEC 145-pound champion Jose Aldo attempts to defend his belt from former champion Urijah Faber at WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
Lightweight champion Ben Henderson will try to defend his belt as well, facing Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, a fighter he bested via decision last October.
WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber airs live on pay-per-view at 7 p.m. PT / 10 p.m. ET, with two preliminary bouts airing live on Spike TV at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET. MMAWeekly.com will be providing live coverage of Saturday’s event, starting with the preliminary bouts, which are expected to start at approximately 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET.
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WEC 48 PLAY-BY-PLAY:
JOSE ALDO VS. URIJAH FABER
R1 – Faber testing the water with punches and kicks, trying to find his range. Solid leg kick by Aldo, and a second one lakes out Faber’s legs, but he bounces right back to his feet. Faber telegraphs a takedown and Aldo just backs away from it. Faber seems fairly content to stand with Aldo, those he’s being very careful about his timing, mostly throwing single punches, as is Aldo. Faber landing the overhand right a couple times, but then eats a jumping knee from Aldo and goes down, but again pops right back up.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Faber
R2 – Lots of single punches by both fighters, neither landing much damage. But then Aldo lands a nice 1-2 uppercut. Follows with a hard leg kick. Not a lot of action yet, but Aldo’s strikes carrying much more authority in this round. Lands another solid leg kick. Much more aggressive Aldo this round. A couple more leg kicks from Aldo and they look to be taking their toll on Faber’s lead leg.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Aldo
R3 – Faber feints a takedown, but doesn’t commit to it. Aldo lands another crushing leg kick and Faber is now limping on it. Faber is frequently switching stances now, trying to protect his left leg. Aldo bobbing and weaving to avoid most of Faber’s punches now, and again attacks with the low kicks. Aldo goes high and rocks Faber with a head kick and then lands several punches to the body. Faber’s mobility looks severely hampered right now. He’s having a difficult time avoiding Aldo’s low kicks. Another good body punch from Aldo and then he drops Faber with a low kick.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Aldo
R4 – Aldo lands another low kick and Faber has to turn and retreat. He goes for a takedown. Aldo goes down, but quickly takes Faber’s back, both hooks in. Faber reverses and just misses a guillotine choke. Both fighters back to their feet. Aldo kicks Faber’s leg out again and drops into his half guard. Aldo easily passes to side control and puts Faber in a crucifix position, pummeling his face with punches and elbows. Somehow Faber survives to the bell.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-8 for Aldo
R5 – Faber is searching for any kind of opening, Aldo is just waiting. Faber dives for a leg, but Aldo pulls out of his grasp. Faber’s back on his feet still looking for an opening. Aldo is hanging back, seemingly waiting for some sort of counter. Faber takes a couple shots, but Aldo easily defends. Aldo land a hard left hook to the body, but doesn’t follow up. Faber shoots and misses the takedown, Aldo standing at his feet just throwing a few punches, but doesn’t really land much.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Aldo, the fight 49-45 for Aldo
Jose Aldo def. Urijah Faber by Unanimous Decision (49-45, 49-45, 50-45), R3
BEN HENDERSON VS. DONALD CERRONE
R1 – Cerrone opens with a low kick and Henderson shoots, but can’t get it. They end up clinched on the cage, Henderson landing knees to the legs and body. Henderson gets Cerrone down. Cerrone tries to scramble out, but gets caught in a guillotine choke and submits.
Ben Henderson def. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:57, R1
MIKE BROWN VS. MANNY GAMBURYAN
R1 – Both fighters looking to strike, Brown getting the better part of the punching for the first minutes then Gamburyan drops him with a short right hook and follows him down, dropping punches. The referee quickly steps in and stops it.
Manny Gamburyan def. Mike Brown by KO (Strikes) at 2:22, R1
SHANE ROLLER VS. ANTHONY NJOKUANI
R1 – Roller immediately goes for the takedown and lands it after considerable effort, quickly moving to mount. Njokuani escapes the mount, but Roller takes his back, locking on a body triangle and a rear naked choke. Njokuani defends, but Roller maintains his back. Roller again goes for the choke, finally forcing Njokuani to submit.
Shane Roller def. Anthony Njokuani by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:07, R1
SCOTT JORGENSEN VS. ANTONIO BANUELOS
R1 – Both guys go head hunting with punches, but Jorgensen quickly goes for the shot. Banuelos sprawls and they end up in a clinch, Jorgensen landing knees to the body. Jorgensen landing some solid punches, but Banuelos kicks his leg out. Jorgensen right back up and they start trading, Jorgensen using his reach to effect. Banuelos drops Jorgensen with a left hand midway through the round, but Jorgensen quickly gets his guard as Banuelos follows him down. Jorgensen misses a quick submission attempt and they’re back to their feet in the clinch. They separate and finish out the round landing mostly single strikes, Banuelos landing a spinning back kick to the midsection.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Banuelos
R2 – Jorgensen landing some strong kicks to the body to start round two. They trade some punches, Jorgensen finding his range, landing a couple hard shots, bloodying Banuelos’ nose. Good punch-kick combination by Banuelos midway through the round. Both fighters are finding their mark, but Jorgensen is busier this round, landing with greater quantity. Jorgensen lands a couple stiff jabs then drops Banuelos with a right hand and follows him down. He’s on Banuelos’ back, throwing punches to the head and body and knees to the thigh. They get up, clinched, and Jorgensen lands a knee to the face as the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Jorgensen
R3 – Jorgensen starts off gunning for the knockout, lands a hard straight right that rocks Banuelos. He’s definitely more aggressive this round, stalking Banuelos, punching harder, with more authority that the first two rounds. Good low kick by Jorgensen, but he takes a left hand on the chin for it. Jorgensen drops Banuelos with a straight right and follows him to the mat, again taking his back, unloading with strikes. He cinches in the rear naked choke, but gives it up, still on Banuelos’ back. Jorgensen works a hook in and starts hammerfisting and elbowing the side of Banuelos’ head. He goes for the rear naked choke again and has it locked on tight, Banuelos desperately punching back at Jorgensen. He slips out of the choke, but Jorgensen goes for an armbar as the round ends.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 29-28 for Jorgensen
Scott Jorgensen def. Antonio Banuelos by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
LEONARD GARCIA VS. CHAN SUNG JUNG
R1 – Jung starts with a sharp low kick as the two try to gauge their striking distance. A furious exchange ensues with both fighters swinging for the fences and exchanging knees, but Jung getting a little bit better of the deal with his longer limbs. Garcia clinches and pushes Jung to the fence. Another heavy exchange with Jung landing the heavier punches and scoring with some strong knees to the body, Garcia looking a little shaky. Jung drops Garcia with a left-right punch combination and follows him to the mat, dropping punches. Garcia locks on an omo plata attempt, but can’t finish. Jung escapes and starts more ground and pound from half guard. Jung stands and Garcia kicks him off and gets back to his feet where they exchange knees to the body and wild punches before Jung lands a head kick. The Korean unleashes a furious onslaught of punches and knees, but Garcia somehow manages to stay on his feet to the end of the round.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-8 for Jung
R2 – Garcia smiles and waves his arms to start the round, unfazed by the round one punishment. But he eats a head kick to start the round, then he clips Jung with a wild right hand that drops the Korean Zombie. Jung gets up, but Garcia keeps firing, leaving Jung on wobbly legs. The pace slows and they start trading single punches and kicks. Garcia lands a spinning back kick, but eats some hard punches before Jung takes him down and takes his back. Garcia turns and escapes to his feet. The crowd is thundering with approval. They go back to single strikes, Garcia landing a couple hard overhand rights, Jung a knee to the body. They clinch and Jung lnads a couple hard knees to the body and a flurry of combinations. They separate and Garcia unloads with a flurry of his own, punches to the head and body, and knees to the body. They separate and Garcia lands a kick to the head just before the round ends. The crowd is going insane with approval!
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Garcia
R3 – Garcia comes out hands up, throwing punches, mixing in some low kicks that are landing. Jung is hanging back a bit, a little more calculated. Garcia is still head hunting, or Zombie hunting. He lands a solid left-right punch combination and follows with a high kick that lands. Garcia is doing a good job mixing things up until Jung lands a spinning backfist that rocks Garcia. A minute and ahlf left in the round and the two get into a wild exchange, both landing hard shots, Garcia egging Jung on. Garcia lands a knee to the face before backing away. They end in a wild exchange with neither being able to shut the other down.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Garcia; the fight a draw 28-28
Leonard Garcia def. Chang Sung Jung by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
ALEX KARALEXIS VS. ANTHONY PETTIS
R1 – Brief feeling out period and out of nowhere, Pettis lands a jump front snap kick… yes, the tae kwon do kind. Karalexis clinches, recovers, and regains his faculties. Pettis tries and round kick and Karalexis catches it and takes him down, ground and pounding Pettis. Pettis manages to get back to his feet. They clinch briefly then move out to center cage, trading mostly individual strikes for the next minute or so. Pettis starts chopping at Karalexis’ legs with several thunderous low kicks. Karalexis finally manages to clinch Pettis as the round closes.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Pettis
R2 – Pettis strats with a couple punches, but Karalexis quickly takes him down, landing some ground and pound before Pettis regains his feet. Pettis lands a low kick, but Karalexis again takes him down, landing in guard. Pettis lands the triangle and starts hammerfisting Karalexis’ face. Pettis keeps the choke on and Karalexis taps out.
Anthony Pettis def. Alex Karalexis by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:35, R2
BRAD PICKETT VS. DEMETRIOUS JOHNSON
R1 – Pickett scores early with some crisp punching, but Johnson fires back with a strong low kick and a high kick that gets Pickett’s attention. Pickett catches a couple of kicks, doesn’t do much with the first, but lands a couple hard right hands on the second. Johnson moves in to strike, but Pickett shoots the double-leg and takes him down. Johnson manages to get up, but eats some hard shots getting there. Pickett puts him right back down on the mat and starts ground and pounding from half guard. Johnson does a good job scrambling out and up and peppers Pickett with a couples punches and a knee. Pickett fires back with punches. Johnson connects with a jumping knee to the chin, but Pickett catches him and slams him down, immediately going to side control and ground and pounding. They finish in a flurry.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Pickett
R2 – Lots of jockeying for position to start the round, but Pickett manages a takedown a couple minutes in, landing in side control. Johnson gets back to his feet, lands a solid punch combination and follows with a head kick, then a few more strikes before Pickett again scores the double-leg takedown, working from half guard. Johnson stays patient and works his way back to his feet, again going head hunting with a kick, but having it blocked. Pickett scoops Johnson up and slams him down, starts in side control and quickly gains full mount, raining down punches until the bell. Another good close round.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Pickett.
R3 – Johnson goes right back to striking and Pickett again gets the takedown and starts ground and pound from full guard. He moves to half guard, but Johnson gets up and escapes, he fires with some good punches and a knee to the body then takes Pickett down, landing in the Brit’s full guard. He passes to side, but Pickett gets up. He goes right back to the takedown, however, and lands the double-leg. Pickett is in side control and easily slides into full mount with just over a minute left. Johnson manages half guard, and then an escape to his feet. Pickett clinches and lands a couple of knees to the body, but misses on the submission attempt.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Pickett.
Brad Pickett def. Demetrious Johnson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), R3
CHAD MENDES VS. ANTHONY MORRISON
R1 – They test the waters a bit before Mendes unleashes a nice boxing combination followed by a knee to the body. Morrison retaliates with a good punching combo of his own. Mendes shoots and takes Morrison down, landing in half guard before moving to north-south and locking on a fight-ending guillotine choke… Mendes’ hometown Sacramento crowd erupts!
Chad Mendes def. Anthony Morrison by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:13, R1
TAKEYA MIZUGAKI VS. RANI YAHYA
R1 – Mizugaki comes out firing, keeping a low stance, trying to avoid Yahya’s takedowns. Yahya goes for the takedown, but Mizugaki lands and top and drops a couple of shots before returning to his feet. Yahya manages several takedowns, but Mizugaki is quick to return to his feet each time. Mizugaki is back on his feet, again staying low, but landing some hard punches that rock Yahya. Yahya swinging back, but missing most of his shots while Mizugaki continues to connect. They clinch and Mizugaki takes Yahya down, landing in his full guard, who finishes the round with a few ground and pound shots.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki
R2 – Round two starts off with a more calculated striking game from both, Mizugaki again landing the more accurate and harder shots. Yahya gets in trouble and clinches, working really hard for the takedown, but manages to pull Mizugaki into his butterfly guard. They clinch up on the ground and get stood up. Mizugaki is stalking now, Yahya hanging back. Mizugaki lands several shots in combination as they two flurry. Yahya is starting to look tired. Mizugaki moves in and Yahya pulls him down into guard to end the round.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Mizugaki
R3 – Mizugaki lands a few single punches before Yahya takes him down, but once on the mat, Mizugaki fires some backward elbows to Yahya’s head as he gut wrenches Mizugaki. Yahya manages the takedown and gets Mizugaki’s back, working for the rear naked choke. Mizugaki fends of the choke attempts and reverses into Yahya’s full guard. Mizugaki is unable to mount much offense though as Yahya ties him up to the end of the round.
MMAWeekly.com scores the round 10-9 for Yahya, the fight 29-28 for Mizugaki.
Takeya Mizugaki def. Rani Yahya by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28), R3
BRANDON VISHER VS. TYLER TONER
R1 – Toner starts out early going for leg kicks, landing several, chopping at Visher’s lead leg. Visher is trying to find his range with his punches. Visher storms in with his hands, but eats a straight right from Toner that rocks him, which is followed by a knee to the face from Toner before they separate. Toner lands a head kick following by a short left punch to the jaw that drops Visher. He follows Visher down and drives home several point of elbow strikes to the side of the head and the fight is stopped.
Tyler Toner def. Brandon Visher by TKO (Strikes) at 2:36, R1
WEC 48 QUICK RESULTS:
Main Bouts (On Pay-Per-View):
-Jose Aldo def. Urijah Faber by Unanimous Decision (49-45, 49-45, 50-45), R3
-Ben Henderson def. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:57, R1
-Manny Gamburyan def. Mike Brown by KO (Strikes) at 2:22, R1
-Shane Roller def. Anthony Njokuani by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:07, R1
-Scott Jorgensen def. Antonio Banuelos by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), R3
Preliminary Bouts (On Spike TV):
-Leonard Garcia def. Chang Sung Jung by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28), R3
-Anthony Pettis def. Alex Karalexis by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 1:35, R2
Preliminary Bouts (Non-Televised):
-Brad Pickett def. Demetrious Johnson by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), R3
-Chad Mendes def. Anthony Morrison by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 2:13, R1
-Takeya Mizugaki def. Rani Yahya by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28), R3
-Tyler Toner def. Brandon Visher by TKO (Strikes) at 2:36, R1