Aldo realized right away that a sneaky right hand penetrated Gamburyan's defense and clipped the squat grappler on the chin. He pressed, unloaded with a violent uppercut and finished on the floor with a rapid succession of head shots. No doubts. No decisions.
At the head of a division that has quickly become one of MMA's most fascinating, Aldo appears ready and worthy of being mentioned among the sport's best fighters. I ranked "Junior" third on my pound-for-pound list in recent months and strongly considered elevating him after Thursday night's performance -- even if it meant topping
Physically there's no doubt that Aldo belongs in that group. He's every bit the athlete, and he's stomping people, going the distance just once (a shutout against
It may appear to some as if Aldo has already wiped out the featherweight division in the WEC. Not so fast. At 14-1, standing 5-foot-11, 21-year-old
Faber's departure, when it comes to fruition Nov. 11 on the same WEC card as Grispi-Koch, will further shake up featherweight, which just completed a busy month between Dream.16 and WEC 51.
Like lightweight and middleweight, 145 features fighters from various promotions around the world. Hopefully Aldo will have an opportunity to meet opponents like
October will be dominated by talk of