Aldo continued his dominance in the WEC Featherweight Division tonight.
WEC Featherweight Champ Successfully Defends Title by Knocking Out Gamburyan
Broomfield, Colo. (Thursday, September 30, 2010) – WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo (18-1) again showed why he is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world tonight during WEC 51 at the 1stBANK Center in Broomfield, Colorado. After reading his opponent during the first round of action, Aldo exploded in the second round and scored a crushing knockout of challenger Manny Gamburyan (13-6).
“In the first round, I was just studying to see what he was going to do,” Aldo said post-fight through a translator. “When I came back in the second round, I just put all the work that we’re doing in the gym into the cage, and I was able to knock him out.”
To the unexpecting eye, the first round tonight appeared a bit slow on Aldo’s side, but he strategically countered advances from Gamburyan during a feeling out of his opposition. Gamburyan did land a big two-punch combo at the start of the match, and he was openly the aggressor for the majority of the frame. Meanwhile, Aldo was sitting back and controlling the center of the cage, and he was also unloading some kicks similar to the devastating blows he used to chop down Urijah Faber at WEC 48. Gamburyan repeatedly searched for an opening, but Aldo offered nothing to him. Right before the bell ended the first five minutes of action, Gamburyan shot for a takedown, but Aldo was able to easily block his attempt.
When the second stanza opened, Gamburyan immediately fired on Aldo, but the defending champion was able to dismiss the shots without taking much damage. Just past the one-minute mark was when Aldo quickly ended the night. Gamburyan ducked down after being hit with a punch-kick combination, and Aldo unloaded a devastating uppercut with his right hand that dropped his opponent to the canvas. The Brazilian Mixed Martial Artist then quickly slipped into back control and began to absolutely explode on Gamburyan from all angles. After Gamburyan finally turned motionless, referee Herb Dean was forced to jump in and stop the fight.
“If it’s up to me, my reign will last forever,” Aldo stated through his translator. “All the hard work that put in the gym… I just want to thank all my teammates and everyone who makes this happen.”
The official time of the stoppage was 1:32 of the second round.
In other action on the main card, Donald Cerrone avenged an earlier loss to Jamie Varner via unanimous decision, while Miguel Angel Torres got back on the winning track by submitting Charlie Valencia. George Roop also dropped Chan Sung Yung with an amazing front kick, with Mark Hominick and Tiequan Zhang also scoring victories.