If this video doesn’t make you believe that Chael Sonnen brings something to the table then you have something wrong with you.
Sonnen will attempt to take the title that Silva has successfully defended six times since winning back in 2006. The fight will take place UFC 117.
WEC held it’s first ever PPV last night, the show turned out to be very well put together with some good action packed fights we have come to expect from the lighter guys in the WEC. To help increase buys two prelims were shown on Spike TV prior to the PPV broadcast one of which, Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung, ended up being one of the greatest fights I have ever seen.
The entire fight was filled with back-and-forth non-stop action from both fighters. In the opening round both were wildly throwing punches for well over a minute when Sung Jung caught Garcia and sent him down. Garcia hung on though. What was most surprising about the fight was that even in the third round they were not fully gassed out, sure they may not have been at first round pace but both were still giving it their all.
At the conclusion of the fight the fighters hugged it out before Bruce Buffer read the judges decision. I must say I had it 29-28 to Sung Jung but in such a closely contested fight you can barely complain. The official scores were 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28 in favor of Garcia.
WEC 48 QUICK RESULTS:
145 lbs.: Jose Aldo defeats Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 50-45)
155 lbs.: Benson Henderson defeats Donald Cerrone via guillotine choke at 1:57 of round 1
145 lbs.: Manny Gamburyan defeats Mike Brown via KO at 2:22 of round 1
155 lbs.: Shane Roller defeats Anthony Njokuani via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:07 of round 1
135 lbs.: Scott Jorgensen defeats Antonio Banuelos via unanimous decision (29-28 all three judges)
145 lbs.: Leonard Garcia defeats Chan Sung Jung via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
155 lbs.: Anthony Pettis defeats Alex Karalexis via submission (triangle choke) in R2
135 lbs.: Brad Pickett defeats Demetrious Johnson via unanimous decision
145 lbs.:Chad Mendes defeated Anthony Morrison via submission (guillotine choke) @ 2:13 of R1.
135 lbs.: Takeya Mizugaki defeats Rani Yahya via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 and 29-28)
145 lbs.: Tyler Toner defeats Brandon Visher via TKO (Strikes) @ 2:36 of R1
WEC 48 Live Play-by-play
WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo vs. Urijah Faber
Round one: In the opening minute both fighters are just feeling each other out. Not much is happening apart from some range finding strikes. 3:00 left and the Faber chants start by the crowd at the ARCO Arena. 2:40 and Faber goes after Aldo but comes away with nothing. Faber keeps switching stances and throwing wild strikes in these opening minutes in order to catch Aldo off guard with something. 1:30 left and Aldo connects with a nice knee. Under a minute left and Urijah really begins to open up. :30 left and Aldo lands a big knee to the body knocking Faber back and onto the canvas. He quickly stands back up though and gets back to the striking. A very close round which I would give to Aldo 10-9 because he had some of the cleaner more effective shots.
Round two: Faber starts off rushing at Aldo but doesn’t land any strikes. Aldo got a body kick in and then followed up with a series of punches. 3:30 and Aldo almost connects with a big uppercut, if it had connected properly it could have been the end of the bout. Aldo looked like he was going to go in for the flying knee but never managed it. Aldo is really working the leg kicks now and they are looking as though they are giving Urijah a hard time. :30 and Urijah is now limping with the left leg. It has took such a beating in this second round. Easily 10-9 to Aldo.
Round three: A minute in and Aldo gets another few leg kicks and it is looking as though Urijah can take no more punishment. These leg kicks are taking their toll on Faber now and he is limping while Aldo takes no risks in breaking him down further. Urijah went for the takedown with 2:15 left but Aldo escaped. The kicks are continuing and with :10 left Aldo knocks Faber down with one. 10-9 Aldo.
Round four: 3:40 and Aldo gets mount on Faber and then back mount looking for the rear naked choke. Faber gets out though and gets the fight back to standing. Another leg kick puts Faber down and Aldo goes in for the kill but Faber survives. The crowd begins to chant fo Faber with1:45 remaining. Aldo gets a mounted crucifix and begins unloading some left elbows and punches. The punches were not effective though and Urijah managed to hang in until the end of the round. 10 -8 Aldo
Round five: Faber goes in for a takedown but does not manage to get it. Faber is stood back up. The round plays out like all of those previous. 10-9 to Aldo
Final result: Jose Aldo defeats Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 50-45)
WEC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone
Round one: Henderson got off to the better start in this fight getting control of Cerrone’s back while standing and then eventually getting the takedown. Out of nowhere came a guillotine choke and it was over, Ben Henderson got the victory by submission.
Final result: Benson Henderson defeats Donald Cerrone via guillotine choke at 1:57 of round 1
Mike Brown vs. Manny Gamburyan (145-pound limit)
Round one: Opening minute and neither fighter has come out on top. Both have landed a few strikes so far. Manny lands an overhand right with two minutes remaining. and then a few seconds later Gamburyan caught Brown with a right hook that knocked him clean out. After seeing the replay you can see that Brown leant into the punch.
Final result: Manny Gamburyan defeats Mike Brown via KO at 2:22 of round 1
Final result: Shane Roller defeats Anthony Njokuani via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:07 of round 1
Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen
Round one: The opening two minutes of the round were relatively even on the feet. Jorgensen was controlling the center of the cage while Banuelos pases around the outside looking for an opening. That opening came at about 2:30 when a left connected sending Joegensen to the mat. Jorgenson was able to recover and the fight was back to standing with 1:40 remaining. 30 seconds remaining and Banuelos landed a nice spinning back kick to the mid-section. Banuelos tried some more kicks towards the very end which were blocked by Jorgensen. I score the round 10-9 to Banuelos based upon the knockdown.
Round two: Jorgensen came out looking for the win much more in this second round landing some good shots. Banuelos continues to look for the left while Jorgensen keeps working the jab. Jorgensen begins to land some more nice shots on Banuelos. Banuelos’ nose is really busted up and begins to bleed pretty bad towards the later portion of the second. Second round 10-9 to Jorgensen.
Round three: Jorgensen lands some big shots in the opening minutes of the round but Banuelos manages to recover. The blood continues to come out of Banuelos’ nose which is clearly broken. Jorgensen continues to pressure Banuelos and lands a solid right with three minutes remaining in the round. The crowd starts to boo with half of the round gone and shortly after Jorgensen drops Banuelos with a right gaining rear mount. 1:45 remaining and Jorgensen gets the RNC locked in but Banuelos finds a way out. Jorgensen gets back to rear mount and works on opening up Banuelos for another choke which he locks on with 15 seconds remaining but was never able to finish. 10-9 Jorgensen in my book.
Final result: Scott Jorgensen defeats Antonio Banuelos via unanimous decision (29-28 all three judges)
UFC 115 sold out yesterday in just thirty minutes without the tickets even going on sale to the general public. MMAJunkie confirmed today via the UFC that UFC 115 set the record for the fastest sellout in the promotions history beating out UFC 83 for the top spot.
The tickets were all purchased before going on sale to the public through a common procedure by the UFC to offer tickets to those who pay the $75 annual fee to be part of the Fight Club. Obviously a majority of those that are part of the fight club are scalpers who get early access to the tickets and sell them for well over double face value. As of right now ( 6PM CST APR 14th) there are 850 tickets available on StubHub alone with a starting price of $200. That’s right, $200 for a ticket you could of bought for just $65 if you were in the Fight Club.
For those thinking about paying top dollar for a ticket here is the card as it currently stands:
**Thiago Alves vs Jon Fitch has been rumored but not yet officially announced.
- Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin
- Patrick Barry vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
- Martin Kampmann vs. Paulo Thiago
- Carlos Condit vs. Rory MacDonald
- Evan Dunham vs. Tyson Griffin
- Mac Danzig vs. Matt Wiman
- Ben Rothwell vs. Gilbert Yvel
- Peter Sobotta vs. James Wilks
- Ricardo Funch vs. Claude Patrick
- Jesse Lennox vs. Mike Pyle
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