The WEC will attempt to expand its brand when it makes its Pay-Per-View debut on April 24th. The card will be headlined by dynamic featherweight fighters Urijah Faber and Jose Aldo contesting the rightful ownership of that division’s belt.
Two other bouts had been previously announced for that card. One being another title fight; this one seeing lightweight champion Benson “Smooth” Henderson defend his strap against former training partner and opponent Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The other bout will see Mike Thomas Brown take on Manvel “The Anvil” Gamburyan in a bout where both fighters are jockeying for position in the title picture.
MMAJunkie announced that the newly announced additions to the card are bouts between Anthony Njokuani (12-2, 1 NC) and Shane Roller (7-2) and Antonio Banuelos (17-5) and Damacio Page (15-4).
Njokuani, a Lagos, Nigeria native, has earned Knockout of the Night Honors in his last three performances in the WEC. Those fights combined saw Njokuani in action for only 5:42; all the time he needed to dispatch Chris Horodecki, Muhsin Corbbrey, and Bart Palaszewski. His only two losses both came by submission against Ben Henderson and Donald Cerrone.
His opponent Shane Roller earned Submission of the Night Honors in his last WEC outing. In his career only one fight has gone the distance, the rest of his victories either came by TKO or submission. Roller also carries a loss against champ Ben Henderson.
Chuck Liddell training partner Antonio Banuelos carries a wealth of experience with him into his next fight; holding a total of 22 fights to his record. He has won his last three fights and his Split Decision win over Scott Jorgenson could have easily earned Fight of the Year honors.
Damacio Page is a Greg Jackson trained fighter who is 4-1 in his last five fights. He holds notable wins over Scott Jorgenson, Marcus Galvao and Will Campuzano. His last loss came against Brian Bowles at WEC 35 via guillotine choke.
WEC 48 will take place at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California.