(11/18/2009)
1:00:00 to Review
Top 10 Best Fighters (20 Total):
1. Jose Aldo - 92.8
2. Kamal Shalorus - 92.2
3. Cub Swanson - 92.0
4. Shane Roller - 91.8
5. Ricardo Lamas - 91.5
6. Danny Castillo - 90.0
7. Manny Gamburyan - 89.5
8. John Franchi - 88.8
9. James Krause - 88.7
10. Mike Thomas Brown - 88.5
WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Elevation: 2,001'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Jose Aldo vs. Mike Thomas Brown
92.3
Fighters & Matches 89.5
Top 10 Fighters 90.6
TOTAL 90.1
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
88.4
Decision
15:00
      Krause looked pretty solid for the first half of the first round, as he beat up Lamas with his striking skills, and he even went for a flying triangle, which failed pretty badly, but still, it was neat while it lasted. With a little less than 2 minutes left in the first round, Lamas took him to the ground from the clinch, and beat up Krause with some basic ground & pound, possibly stealing the round for Lamas. The round ended with Lamas on Krause's back, looking for the rear-naked choke. The second round was pretty much filled with Lamas beating up Krause, as Krause tried to hit him with bicycle kicks from the ground. Again, Lamas went for a rear-naked choke with about 2 minutes left in the round, and then once he gave that up, he just continued to beat up Krause from dominant positions for the rest of the round. The third round had some nice boxing exchanges, both guys throwing some decent combos, but again, Lamas beat the crap out of Krause for most of the round, earning him the 30-27 unanimous decision victory on all scorecards.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
89.4
Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
14:50
      These guys traded a few strikes, clinched, and then Franchi took down Swanson, but almost got caught in a guillotine on the way down. Swanson got back to his feet before taking any damage on the ground. Franchi continued to press Swanson into the fence, and Swanson continued to fiddle around with a guillotine. They split up with 2 minutes left in the round. They continued to trade strikes and clinch at a fairly slow pace for the rest of the round. Swanson landed a crazy head kick at the end of the round, Franchi came forward with some punches, and Swanson threw him to the ground in the final 10 seconds and beat the shit out of him, securing that otherwise close round for Cub Swanson.
      They spent the second round trading strikes at a pretty solid pace, with Swanson throwing all kinds of wild shit, looking to take out Franchi, but Franchi was able to hold his own with some decent strikes, as well as some solid clinch wrestling. The fight slowed down in the last half of the round, but they continued to throw some random stuff at each other. That was another close round, but Swanson scored a takedown in the final 30 seconds, leading to a 2-0 lead for Swanson going into the final round.
      They both came out throwing hard punches & kicks at each other to start the third round. Swanson threw Franchi to the ground with a Judo throw 90 seconds into the third round, and then beat him up with some elbows from inside his guard. After spending most of the round beating up Franchi on the ground with punches & elbows, Swanson stood up, Franchi got back to his feet, they traded some wild punches & kicks, Franchi scored a takedown with a minute left in the round, and he beat up Swanson for a few seconds, before Swanson worked his way back to his feet, where he was able to lock on a late guillotine choke, finishing the fight by submission with 10 seconds left in the fight. Fantastic finish for Cub Swanson.
N/A
Decision
15:00
(Unaired)
88.9
TKO
(Punches)
1:26
      Shalorus came out throwing wild bombs at the start of this fight, and never really let up, rocking Kerr early, cutting his right cheek early, and knocking him to the ground, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 1:26 of the first round. Really nice win for Kamal Shalorus in his WEC debut.
90.2
Submission
(Rear-Naked Choke)
13:32
      Castillo pretty much beat up Roller in the first round, boxing with him a little bit while standing, and then taking him to the ground at the end of the round, where he bullied & beat him up. Castillo lead the charge at the start of the second round as well, looking down at Roller, as Roller laid on his back, throwing piddly kicks at the legs of Castillo from the ground. The second half of the round though, had Roller securing a takedown, where he went for a guillotine choke, and then beat up Castillo from the full mount for a while, eventually riding his back, while looking for a rear-naked choke. The third round started with Castillo continuing to work his boxing, Roller shot for a sloppy takedown, Castillo sprawled and ended up on top, Roller went for a triangle, Castillo fought his way out of it with punches, and it looked like Castillo was inches away from finishing the fight with ground & pound, from the side mount, and then the full mount, but Roller fought out of it, somehow magically ending up back on his feet as Castillo ran away from the full mount. Roller then grabbed him, slammed him to the ground, grabbed his back, and finished the fight via rear-naked choke. Really nice win for Shane Roller.
N/A
Decision
(Split)
15:00
(Unaired)
88.0
Decision
15:00
      The first round was close, with Gracia landing better strikes, and Gamburyan went for some takedowns, and Garcia did a good job defending, so I gave the first round to Garcia, but just barely. Gamburyan also hit Garcia in the balls with his knee at one point. The last two rounds consisted of Gamburyan taking the fight to the ground, and grinding out a decision. Solid win, over a solid opponent for Gamburyan, but another fight that wasn't as exciting as it could have been. I was sort of hoping Garcia would win this one with a KO or something.
92.3
TKO
(Punches)
6:20
      These guys traded strikes at a decent pace for the first half of the first round, with Aldo clearly delivering more damage, throwing some brutal kicks and fast hands. Brown shot for a takedown, but Aldo pretty easily stuffed it. They clinched for quite a while, with Brown pressing Aldo against the cage, while throwing short knees to Aldo's thighs. They broke apart with a minute left in the round. Aldo continued to pick apart Brown for the rest of the round.
     The second round started with Aldo looking to murder Brown with brutal punches, and kicks, and knees, and Brown continued to fail with his wrestling offense. Aldo eventually got on top of Brown, mounted him, grabbed his back, and punched him in the head repeatedly, as Brown was clearly finished fighting, and after several seconds of Aldo beating the shit out of Brown, the referee finally stopped the fight. Great finish for Jose Aldo, the new WEC Featherweight Champion.
OVERALL 90.1
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