It’s worth every penny.
WEC has presented some of the most competitive lightweight, featherweight and bantamweight fights in all of MMA. This PPV not only showed how tight the competition is in WEC, but also that you should always expect the unexpected to happen in the cage. WEC 48 included not only sudden knockouts, it also included long competitive three round fights, sneaky submission victories early in the first round and a fight people to this day are still talking about.
WEC 48 was cleverly disguised as a Ultimate Fighting Championship PPV to help boost the buy rates and allow for footage of the event to be shown on Spike TV. The DVD cover only has the WEC logo in the background while UFC is listed as presenting the event. The event really gives you that UFC feel thanks to having Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg doing the commentary for the event and Dana White giving his two cents on the main events.
By far the fight of the PPV was Leonard Garcia VS. Chan Sung Jung, who is also known as The Korean Zombie. The bout was far from a technical masterpiece, as it was mainly two guys swinging wildly and beating each other for three straight rounds. It was unreal to see Jung take the abuse he was taking and fight on even though he got rocked. Garcia was the same as well, one time smiling when Jung clocked him to the ground. The end is highly controversial, but either way these guys gave everything they had and easily rose both their stocks in WEC for future fights and a future rematch.
In their 2009 Fight of the Year rematch, lightweight champion Ben Henderson shocked Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone with a quick guillotine in the first title defence on the card. Although not as exciting as their first fight, Henderson answered a lot of questions by clearly showing that he was the better man that night.
The main event featured the shocking demise of the hometown hero “The California Kid” Urijah Faber as defending featherweight champion Jose Aldo destroyed Faber’s vertical base for five straight rounds. Faber never gave up during the entire fight and showed that he has a lot of heart. Aldo proved that he is the better fighter and looks unstoppable in his weight class.
For fans that have already seen the Aldo VS. Faber PPV the only new footage you’ll get is a behind the scenes featurette and the featurettes that aired on Spike TV. The behind the scenes footage is pretty much focused on Aldo and Faber leading up to the fight and how they were preparing right before they stepped through the curtain.
WEC 48 will not leave you disappointed. The DVD is filled with dramatic battles and finishes that you’ll want to watch over and over again. While there are standouts like the Korean Zombie fight, the entire card is solid from start to finish.
UFC Presents: WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting): Aldo VS. Faber
Released on July 20, 2010
WEC 48 Bouts
Jose Aldo VS. Urijah Faber
Ben Henderson VS. Donald Cerrone
Mike Brown VS. Manny Gamburyan
Anthony Njokuani VS. Shane Roller
Leonard Garcia VS. Chan Sung Jung
Alex Karalexis VS. Anthony Pettis
Brad Pickett VS. Demetrious Johnson
Chad Mendes VS. Anthony Morrison
Takeya Mizugaki VS. Rani Yahya
Brandon Visher VS. Tyler Toner