WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo proved why many consider him to be among the best fighters in the world by defeating challenger Manny Gamburyan tonight at WEC 51 within two rounds via knockout.
Aldo was a ball of energy on his way to the cage and could barely stand still during the pre-fight safety check. He fell calm as he stood in the cage and was all business at the bell. It was Gamburyan, however, who would land the first significant offense of the fight with a solid overhand right that stumbled Aldo (whether it was a loss of balance or Aldo was actually hurt is unclear). “Junior” regained his composure quickly and started landing leg kicks with his trademark precise brutality. The round was measured but ultimately went in Aldo’s favor. The second round was fought with more urgency from both men but it was Gamburyan who got things started again, trying and failing to land both an overhand right and a follow up takedown. As he shot for another takedown, Aldo timed him with a right uppercut and knocked Gamburyan to the canvas. “Junior” followed him down and finished things with hammering right hands to his downed opponent until referee Herb Dean was forced to step in and call a halt to the action.
Aldo improves his overall professional record to 18-1 and his WEC record to an even 8-0. It was another solid performance turned in by the dynamic Brazilian fighter and will only strengthen the argument that Jose Aldo is one of the best in the game.