WEC 44

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WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo
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A poster or logo for WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo.
Promotion World Extreme Cagefighting
Date November 18, 2009
Venue The Pearl at The Palms
City Paradise, Nevada
Attendance 1,835[1]
Total gate $131,200[1]
Event chronology
WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff

WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo was a mixed martial arts event held by World Extreme Cagefighting. It took place on November 18, 2009 at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada.[2]


Anthony Pettis was originally slated to face Rob McCullough at this event, but was forced from the bout due to an injury, and was replaced by promotional newcomer Karen Darabedyan.[3]

A lightweight bout between Danny Castillo and Alex Karalexis was once attached to this event, though it was later scrapped.[4] Both men remained on the card with new opponents, as Castillo was matched with Shane Roller, while Karalexis was expected to face the debuting Kamal Shalorus. However, Karalexis had to bow out of the Shalorus matchup due to a broken hand, and was replaced by fellow WEC newcomer Will Kerr.[5]

The event drew an estimated 414,000 viewers on Versus.[6]


Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Featherweight José Aldo def Mike Brown (c) TKO (strikes) 2 1:20 [a]
Featherweight Manny Gamburyan def Leonard Garcia Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Karen Darabedyan def Rob McCullough Decision (split) (30–27, 27–30, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Shane Roller def Danny Castillo Submission (rear naked choke) 3 3:32
Lightweight Kamal Shalorus def Will Kerr TKO (strikes) 1 1:26
Preliminary card
Featherweight LC Davis def Diego Nunes Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–26, 30–26) 3 5:00 [b]
Featherweight Cub Swanson def John Franchi Submission (guillotine choke) 3 4:50
Bantamweight Antonio Banuelos def Kenji Osawa Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Lightweight Ricardo Lamas def James Krause Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Bantamweight Frank Gomez def Seth Dikun Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 29–28) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the Featherweight Championship.
  2. ^ Nunes was docked one point in round 3 for repeatedly grabbing the fence.

Bonus Awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $10,000 bonuses.[7]

  • Fight of the Night: United States Cub Swanson vs. United States John Franchi
  • Knockout of the Night: Brazil José Aldo
  • Submission of the Night: United States Shane Roller

Reported payout[edit]

The following is the reported payout to the fighters as reported to the Nevada 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.[8]

  • José Aldo: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus) def. Mike Brown: ($15,000)
  • Manvel Gamburyan: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus) def. Leonard Garcia: ($14,000)
  • Karen Darabedyan: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus) def. Rob McCullough: ($20,000)
  • Shane Roller: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Danny Castillo: ($9,500)
  • Kamal Shalorus: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus) def. Will Kerr: ($2,000)
  • LC Davis: $14,000 ($7,000 win bonus) def. Diego Nunes: ($5,000)
  • Cub Swanson: $18,000 ($9,000 win bonus) def. John Franchi: ($4,000)
  • Antonio Banuelos: $12,000 ($6,000 win bonus) def. Kenji Osawa: ($6,000)
  • Ricardo Lamas: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. James Krause: ($2,000)
  • Frank Gomez: $6,000 ($3,000 win bonus) def. Seth Dikun: ($3,000)

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