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WEC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Urijah Faber
Round 1: Faber looked for body kicks early on, which grazed Aldo. Aldo landed a leg kick, which knocked the challenger down, but Faber got quickly back to his feet. Both guys maintained their distance, just landing scattered shots. Faber landed some knees to Aldo's body. Aldo was able to nail Faber with a knee to the body of his own, which hurt Faber. Tough round to call, as Faber landed the most blows, although Aldo landed the most damaging blows. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Aldo.
Round 2: Faber was able to land some nice combinations earlier, mixing up his offense with punches and kicks. Aldo grazed Faber with an uppercut. Faber is having difficulty finding his distance. Aldo landed some hard leg kicks while dodging Faber's big shots. Aldo nailed Faber with another hard leg kick and Faber started limping. Faber's left leg is in bad shape. Aldo continued to work on Faber's leg as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Aldo.
Round 3: Aldo nailed Faber's leg again, and Faber is in a bad way with his leg. Aldo continued to stalk Faber and work on the leg. Faber was able to catch one of Aldo's leg kicks and take him down, but Aldo immediately got back to his feet. Aldo landed a big kick to Faber's head and started teeing away on Faber, but Faber was able to get out and nail Aldo with a big shot. Aldo pegged Faber with more devastating kicks. Aldo landed a couple of more shots and a hard leg kick at the end of the round that floored Faber as the round ended. Faber needed to be helped back to his corner. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Aldo.
Round 4: Aldo nailed Faber with a leg kick again, and Faber switched stances, so Aldo kicked the other leg. Aldo took the fight to the ground and got Faber's back. Aldo got the hooks in, but Faber was able to scramble out and get back to his feet. Aldo knocked Faber to the ground again with another leg kick. Aldo got side control and got Faber in a crucifix and started landing unprotected shots and elbows, but Faber kept trying to power out. Aldo continued to land punches and elbows at will. Aldo kept dropping punches, and the referee didn't stop the fight as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-8 for Aldo.
Round 5: Both fighters touched gloves at the start of the final round. Faber went for a takedown, but Aldo was able to stuff it. Aldo hovered over Faber for awhile before the referee stood Faber back up. I don't know why Aldo wouldn't have wanted Faber to stand immediately at that point unless he's just trying to let the time run out. It seems like Aldo is playing it safe in this round as he's not attempting to throw much. Aldo nailed Faber with another body shot, that hurt Faber. You can hear scattered boos throughout the arena for Aldo not trying to finish. Neither fighter did anything in the closing moments of the fight as the round ended. FightLine.com scores the round 10-9 for Aldo for a final score of 50-44 for Aldo.
Jose Aldo defeated Urijah Faber via unanimous decision (scores of 49-45,49-45,50-45) to retain the WEC featherweight championship.
After the bout, Aldo said that he didn't go for the kill in the last round because Faber kept switching his base and he didn't want to get caught with something. He said he was looking to finish, but didn't get the chance to.
Faber, who was being held up by his teammates, said he had trained defending leg kicks, but Aldo did a good job and he couldn't do much with his bad leg. Faber said it was a tough fight and he tried his best.