One person that will be watching the featherweight battle between former champion Urijah Faber and Raphael Assuncao much more intently will be reigning title holder Jose Aldo as it was revealed on Tuesday’s WEC 46 pre-fight conference call that the winner of that bout will likely be Aldo’s first ever title defense.
“We’ve definitely had that discussion,” said WEC general manager Reed Harris. “I think that’s something that we’ll look forward to doing. Depending upon who wins this fight, I think we’ll make that fight (Faber/Assuncao winner challenging Aldo).”
If you ask Faber, former 145-pound king and current WEC poster boy, whoever leaves the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California with their arm raised should get first dibs at Aldo’s freshly-minted belt.
“It’s up to the guys at the WEC, but I’d assume, yeah, this is the one to get us in there for the belt,” said Faber.
Assuncao has been perfect through his last six contests and owns an impressive 14-1 professional record overall. Although they may be foes on January 10th, this submission specialist agrees wholeheartedly with the former champion on this one.
“I fought my way through. Urijah’s got his credentials. I think that solidifies the number one spot for the next challenge for the belt,” added Assuncao.