|WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber|
|Promotion||World Extreme Cagefighting|
|Date||April 24, 2010|
UFC Presents: Aldo vs. Faber, also referred to as WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber was a mixed martial arts event held by World Extreme Cagefighting that took place on April 24, 2010 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California. This was WEC's first and only event on pay-per-view before their merger with the Ultimate Fighting Championship later that year.
The event was first announced by WEC President Reed Harris on the Dave and Mahoney Show.
Jamie Varner was expected to face Kamal Shalorus at this event, but that bout was called off due to an injury sustained by Shalorus. The match was later rescheduled for WEC 49 on June 20, where both men fought to a split draw.
Antonio Banuelos was scheduled to face Damacio Page at the event, but Page was forced off the card with an injury. Banuelos ending up facing Scott Jorgensen, in a rematch of their bout from WEC 41 which Banuelos won via split decision.
Two of the night's preliminary fights aired on Spike TV, marking the only time that Spike would air live WEC fights before their dissolution.
The advertising & live broadcasts for WEC 48 omitted virtually all references to the WEC brand, with the only exceptions being early versions of the poster, one mention during the broadcast by Joe Rogan, and the WEC logo on the championship belts themselves. During the broadcasts, the announcers referred only to "the organization" while the WEC logo was removed from the cage and the fighters' gloves.
- Toner defeated Visher via TKO (elbows) at 2:36 of Round 1. This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Henderson vs. Cerrone fight.
- Pickett defeated Johnson via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 29–28). This bout aired on the PPV broadcast following the Brown vs. Gamburyan fight.
- Featherweight bout: Chad Mendes vs. Anthony Morrison
- Mendes defeated Morrison via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:13 of Round 1. This bout aired on the Spike broadcast following the Karalexis vs. Pettis fight. This bout also aired on the PPV broadcast following the Visher vs. Toner fight.
- Mizugaki defeated Yahya via unanimous decision (29–28, 30–27, 29–28).
Preliminary card (Spike TV)
- Pettis defeated Karalexis via submission (triangle choke) at 1:35 in round 2.
- Garcia defeated Jung via split decision (29–28, 28–29, 29–28). This bout aired last on the PPV broadcast following the Aldo vs. Faber fight.
- Jorgensen defeated Banuelos via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28).
- Roller defeated Njokuani via submission (rear naked choke) at 3:21 in round 1.
- Gamburyan defeated Brown via KO (punches) at 2:22 of round 1.
- Henderson defeated Cerrone via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:57 of round 1 to retain the WEC Lightweight Championship.
- Aldo defeated Faber via unanimous decision (49–45, 49–45, 50–45) to retain the WEC Featherweight Championship.
Fighters were awarded $65,000 bonuses.
- Fight of the Night: Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung
- Knockout of the Night: Manvel Gamburyan
- Submission of the Night: Benson Henderson
The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the California State Athletic Commission. It does not include sponsor money or "locker room" bonuses often given by the WEC and also do not include the WEC's traditional "fight night" bonuses.
- José Aldo: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Urijah Faber: $28,000
- Benson Henderson: $26,000 ($13,000 win bonus) def. Donald Cerrone: $14,000
- Manvel Gamburyan: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus) def. Mike Brown: $21,000
- Shane Roller: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Njokuani: $7,000
- Scott Jorgensen: $21,000 ($10,500 win bonus) def. Antonio Banuelos: $7,000
- Leonard Garcia: $28,000 ($14,000 win bonus) def. Chan Sung Jung: $5,000
- Anthony Pettis: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Alex Karalexis: $10,000
- Brad Pickett: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Demetrious Johnson: $3,000
- Chad Mendes: $8,500 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Anthony Morrison: $4,000
- Takeya Mizugaki: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Rani Yahya: $9,000
- Tyler Toner: $5,000 ($2,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Visher: $4,000
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- "Mackens Semerzier off WEC 48 card due to injury, replacement search underway". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-04-07.
- "Chad Mendes replaces Mackens Semerzier, faces Anthony Morrison at WEC 48". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-04-08.
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- "What We Learned from WEC 48". sportsillustrated.cnn.com. 2010-04-25. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "White reveals that Versus, Spike TV agreements reason for brandless fight card". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "WEC 48 Fighter Bonuses: $65,000". MMA Weekly. 2010-04-24.
- "WEC 48 fighter salaries: Jose Aldo leads $336,500 payroll with $40,000 payday". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-04-28.