WEC 44 Main Card Recap: A New Champion Is Crowned

Ivan BliminseCorrespondent INovember 18, 2009

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The WEC never disappoints and tonight was no different. In an action packed fight, we saw a handful of upsets and the crowning of a new champion.

Jose Aldo used his unbelievable Muay Thai skills and his unmatched speed to completely overwhelm the strong Mike Brown in the main event. We all knew that Aldo was an explosive striker, but his balance and takedown defense shined through, as he was able to keep the fight standing and pick apart the former champion.

Aldo seems to be the future of the featherweight division. He has won his last six fights by TKO or KO, and he hasn't recorded a loss since 2005. At only 23 years of age, Aldo has the ability to remain at the very top for a long time. His technical striking and superhuman speed will give any man in his division the fight of their life.

Both the Leonard Garcia vs. Manny Gamburyan and the Karen Darabedyan vs. Rob McCullough fights went to decision with Gamburyan and Darabedyan pulling out the victories.

Garcia came out quick and pressed the action early, but midway through the second round Gamburyan was able to score a handful of take downs. Gamburyan was able to control the fight in the final frame as he grounded out a unanimous decision victory.

Darabedyan made his promotional debut against the former lightweight champion, Razor Rob. Darabedyan was spectacular in his first WEC fight, as he let his hands go and walked away with a split decision win.

The other main card fight was a bout between Danny Castillo and Shane Roller. It was a back and forth fight. Castillo was in serious trouble late in the second-round as he was getting pounded on by Roller, but his heart and determination led him to the third round with a chance to win the fight. In the end, Roller prevailed as he sunk in a rear-naked choke at the 3:32 mark in the final round.

The WEC always puts on a good event. After this night of endless mixed martial arts action, one can only be even more excited for the Strikeforce Challengers Series on Showtime Friday night and UFC 106: Griffin vs. Ortiz II this Saturday on Pay-Per View.

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