At just twenty three years of age, Jose Aldo currently resides at the peak of mixed martial arts’ 145 pound division as the as the constantly developing phenom made picking apart one of the most respected fighters in the sport look easy as he TKO’d Mike Brown for the WEC featherweight title in the second round of this evening’s WEC 44 showdown between the two.
After a closely contested first round with both fighters feeling the other out, Aldo quickly established his dominance standing in the second round before Brown wound up on his back with Aldo raining down punishment that had the champion trapped, and inevitably forced the referee to call a halt to the contest.
Manny Gamburyan did what he had to in taking Leonard Garcia to the canvas repeatedly and avoiding any serious damage on the feet en route to a unanimous decision victory.
In what came as a minor surprise to many, Karen Darebdyan edged out Rob McCullough via split decision in a hard fought lightweight clash, Shane Roller dug down deep to catch Danny Castillo in a fight ending rear-naked choke in the third, and Kamal Shalorus turned Will Kerr into a highlight reel via TKO in the first.
A Full list of the results from WEC 44 listed below:
Jose Aldo def. Mike Brown via TKO – Round 2
Manny Gamburyan def. Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision
Karen Darabedyan def. Rob McCullough via split decision
Shane Roller def. Danny Castillo via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3
Kamal Shalorus def. Will Kerr via TKO – Round 1
L.C. Davis def. Diego Nunes via unanimous decision
Cub Swanson def. John Franchi via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3
Antonio Banuelos def. Kenji Osawa via unanimous decision
Ricardo Lamas def. James Krause via unanimous decision
Frank Gomez def. Seth Dikun via unanimous decision