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‘Aldo vs. Faber’ Aftermath Notes: Bonuses, Hype, Excuses + Updates on Shields and Silva

(Chan Sung Jung reacts to his decision loss to Leonard Garcia on Saturday night. We feel your pain, buddy. Photo courtesy of MMAFighting.)

— WEC’s fighters are already seeing some benefits from their promotion’s first foray into pay-per-view. Though performance bonuses have totaled just $10,000 for recent WEC events, Zuffa handed out end-of-night bumps worth $65,000 following WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber. Picking up the hefty checks were: Leonard Garcia and Chan Sung Jung for their epic Fight of the Night brawl that ended in a controversial decision win for Garcia; Manny Gamburyan for shocking the world with his first-round Knockout of the Night against Mike Brown; and reigning lightweight champ Ben Henderson, for his quick guillotine choke Submission of the Night over Donald Cerrone.

— Only one bout from the 11-fight card didn’t get airtime on Saturday night: Former bantamweight title challenger Takeya Mizugaki handed Rani Yahya his second straight loss during the prelims, edging out the Brazilian by unanimous decision (29-28 x 2, 30-27).

— Dana White was so hot on Jose Aldo after Saturday night’s main event that he’s already talking about a three-title reign. "I had heard that he wants to move down a weight class, win that belt and then go to 155 to fight BJ in the UFC," White said during the post-event press conference. "If he can do that, I don’t know if he can cut that weight and make that light a weight division, but he’d be the first guy to win three titles in three different weight divisions." We’re all for ludicrously overblown hype, but can we wait until Aldo makes a couple more title defenses in his own division first?

— In an interview with Ariel Helwani, Dana explained why former featherweight champ Mike Brown may not have looked like himself in his fight against Gamburyan: 

"I hate talking about this kind of stuff because I don’t like taking anything away from Manny Gamburyan who went in there and knocked him out tonight and looked great doing it. But before the fight started, I was sitting next to Jake Shields and Mark DellaGrotte and both guys said to me ‘(Brown) might lose tonight.’ He’s got a lot of personal problems, his girlfriend broke up with him, he skipped camp for like 14 days. He’s got some personal problems that he’s dealing with right now and this isn’t basketball or baseball where you lose and say ‘Ah, we still got 130 games left so it’s all good.’ In fighting you’re only as good as your last fight and you have to be physically, mentally and emotionally ready every time you go in there and I don’t think that was the case with him tonight. I think he’s one of the best in the world, I think he’s got some personal problems right now but I’m sure he’ll be back as soon as he sorts them out."

— Dana also clarified his status with Jake Shields, who he was very chummy with on Saturday, saying that Strikeforce still has 45-60 days to negotiate with their middleweight champ before he enters free-agency.

— And speaking of the UFC, White confirmed that despite his infuriating showing in Abu Dhabi, Anderson Silva will headline UFC 117 (August 7th, Oakland) against Chael Sonnen. "Listen, he’s our guy, he’s the champion," White said. "Hopefully that never happens again."

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Lorenzoe553- April 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm
manvil did good, brown was going in to hard and got caught. i think he couldve done better but manvil won and i give him props. aldo would be more cautious and more accurate than brown though and he would probably have to get lucky like serra to catch aldo with a ko.

obviously aldo showed faber too much respect and although im sure he couldve finished it in the fifth he just wanted to run the clock knowing hed win. why fuck with a top ten p4p fighter if u got the fight in the bag. he showed complete dominance against one of the best fighters in the world. before the fifth he tried to a certain extent but in the fifth u could clearly see he was stalling standing over fabor with no attempts. and he was very pissed when he walked away the last few seconds of the fight. i completely respect this guy though.

and as for the wec thing. most mma fans should know aldo, faber, and the rest of those fighters fight for wec. random people who paid for the fight might get into it and find out later what orginazation these guys fight for i mean that is what alot of people are complaining about. the freaking name. then again most new people wouldnt realize the technical aspect of it and would probably be pissed aldo didnt try to finish the fight in the fifth i hope they realize that was a great fight card though.
LastEmperor- April 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Korean Zombie got robbed.

Never forget.
superflat- April 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm
People don't give Manvil enough credit. He's basically Matt Serra, only able to fight at 145 instead of 170, where he can make a difference. It wouldn't shock me to see him knock out Aldo (though I'd still favor Aldo in a match-up).
right hand crazy- April 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm
can we stop bitching about anderson silva already? jesus. arguably, aldo experienced the same problem silva did (clearly winning, yet not able to finish the fight) and he isn't getting half the shit silva got for it. yea, he probably shouldn't have been showboating the way he was, but these are fights, people...sometimes you get heated and do things that you probably shouldn't. and just because something looks easy sitting on your couch doesn't mean it's as easy to pull off in real life. accept it and move on. getting really sick of reading constant bitching about how offended everybody was by silva's performance. if you're that easily offended, go watch the fucking golden girls. bitchassness runs rampant.
WILLIEX- April 26, 2010 at 11:52 am
If Lenard Garcia or the Korean Zombie knew how to box the fight would have been done in round one
nonfiction- April 26, 2010 at 10:46 am
Excellent card...and great job by the Korean Zombie(fight should have been a draw imo, but hey, it was close)....

aarondramp- April 26, 2010 at 10:43 am
I got robbed as bad as the Korean Zombie by fightpicker. Why didn't the question about more TKO's or Sub's get included?
LET IT RAIN- April 26, 2010 at 10:16 am
DW is retarded.
cecils_pupils- April 26, 2010 at 9:16 am
Jung did get robbed and no one should be hating on Garcia for it - he did his job and did it well. What is needed, seriously needed, is some "help" for these judges. They need some well-defined parameters to help them make the correct decisions. And for fucks sake why can't they score a 10-10 round?? IMO round 2 was 10-10.
snowden- April 26, 2010 at 9:01 am
@ Dante

While I agree that Jung got robbed, it really isn't Garcia's fault. Come on show some respect for the man, without him, the best fight that I've ever seen wouldn't have been possible.
Blame the judges, not Gracia
BigCountrysCholesterol- April 26, 2010 at 9:01 am
I was astounded that there was even a split decision on that Jung fight. Then when two judges actually gave it to Garcia, I felt sick to my stomach. Hometown decisions like that make me ill. I hope the zombie gets a fat pay hike because he deserves it. Was Cecil a judge on saturday?
WILLIEX- April 26, 2010 at 8:43 am
Dante.... figured i was but where?
skates- April 26, 2010 at 8:10 am
"I had heard that he wants to move down a weight class, win that belt and then go to 155 to fight BJ in the UFC," White said during the post-event press conference. "If he can do that, I don't know if he can cut that weight and make that light a weight division, but he'd be the first guy to win three titles in three different weight divisions."

wait, so bj still has the title? did i miss something?
Dante- April 26, 2010 at 7:31 am
WILLIEX... you're late. It's been explained.

Jung got robbed. bad.
Garcia learned to fight and trained for this fight in an elementary school parking lot. Fuck him.
WILLIEX- April 26, 2010 at 7:18 am
did anyone notice how there were no WEC logos to be seen or mentioned. on logos on the cage, the gloves, the mics, the caption, the event just said Aldo Faber. They even just anounced Aldo as Feather Weight camoion not the WEC featherweight campion.
WILLIEX- April 26, 2010 at 7:10 am
Will Strikeforce even last 45-60 more days? Should just go belly up so we could see Fedor do what Crocop did in the UFC.
Get Off Me- April 26, 2010 at 7:09 am
Chan Sung Jung "The Ko Ryan Zombie"

This card was the best i've seen since UFC 103, WEC got officially put on the map with their first pay per view card absolutely killing it on Saturday night.
Omelette Platter- April 26, 2010 at 7:04 am
there's no way sonnen won't engage, so that's a plus. but for fucks sake, there's no goddamn way that silva deserves three-plus months to prep for this, and he sure as shit doesn't deserve to be the headliner; at best it should be the first half of a co-main.

big ups for the bonuses; well deserved.
airikr- April 26, 2010 at 6:52 am
GUI-uh-TEEN: It doesn't actually state that it's for the belt. It just says "and then go to 155 to fight BJ in the UFC". Maybe he just wants to hurt BJ.

Edit: But then again it says he would be the first to hold belts in three different weight classes so I guess it's implied BJ would have it. My bad.
El Famous Burrito- April 26, 2010 at 6:46 am
When he talks, Leonard Garcia sounds like Cousin Red from Cheech and Chong's Next Movie. It cracks me up.
danomite- April 26, 2010 at 6:37 am
The worst thing is that she left him for Leonard Garcia. nah, I'm just kidding, but seriously, Leonard Garcia is an ugly dude.