WEC 44 promises to be a thriller with another possible fight of the year candidate. WEC fights are among the most exciting with quick action and endless energy and Mike Brown and Jose Aldo promise to keep the WEC’s string of great fights intact. Jose Aldo (15-1, 5 consecutive knockouts) is one of MMA’s most exciting, young prospects that will face his toughest test in his short career. Aldo is coming off an exciting, eight-second KO win of Cub Swanson with a flying double knee that left the Sacramento crowd buzzing and earned him the coveted Knockout of the Night bonus. Mike Brown (22-4, 10 straight wins) conquered the WEC most recognizable face, Urijah Faber, twice. Brown will want use his strong wrestling background to close the gap and neutralize Aldo’s heavy hands. Jose Aldo will surely want to keep the fight standing to add another knockout to his resume but is also a black belt jiu-jitsu artist. However, Brown was not afraid to trade punches with the heavy-handed Leonard Garcia, instead he stunned Garcia with a flurry of punches and earned a win via an arm-triangle choke showing he can also do it all in the cage. This promises to be another WEC instant classic full of fireworks.
In the co-main event, Leonard Garcia will take on Manny Gamuryan. The two former UFC competitors will face off to determine who will earn the next title shot against the Brown-Aldo winner. Garcia is one of my favorite fighters because he seems to enjoy fighting, smiling through most of his fights. His heavy hands will be occupied trying to keep himself upright if the judo expert, Manny Gamburyan. In what should be another exciting fight, I expect Leonard Garcia’s power as the difference in the fight. Gamburyan was the victim of one of the quickest knockouts in UFC history when Rob Emerson knocked him out in 12 seconds. Garcia hits much harder and will certainly test the chin of the Armenian.
In a busy MMA month that features 4 major events, including 3 Zuffa events in two weeks, WEC promises to be the belle of the ball. If have yet to enjoy a WEC event, do yourself a favor and tune into Versus tonight at 8:00 pm/central.
TexasFighting.com will be at the TAMMA Heroes Fighting Championship today for 9 rounds of Amateur MMA. In forming this company I don’t want to forget why it’s been put together. The heart and soul of fighting is in the amateurs. These are the unknown fighters who are striving to get their names on the headlines and make a name for themselves in this industry. They don’t receive any pay and most of them aren’t able to train full-time. These folks do it mainly for the love of the fight.
Tonight we’ll see a few of these fighters who wear this on their sleeve to a T. One of those fighters is a Texas Fighting favorite, Aaron Lanfranco. Lanfranco has an arsenal that truly makes him a well rounded fighter. He’s got his stand-up game down, he’s got good groundwork and he’s able to brawl. Since his first fight he’s been fighting amateur fights every month. If you ask him about his workout schedule before a fight he’ll reply with, “I do the same thing I always do, I work, hang out with my girlfriend and train whenever I can. To be honest, I just like to fight.” He’s just a relaxed and confident guy who’s always ready to face his next fighting challenge.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Lanfranco who’s fighting 9th on the card and the many others looking for a victory. The doors open at 6:00 pm and you can find the directions, the fight card and flyer here: HEROES FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP.