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(Genghis Con says, get hyped for Brown vs. Aldo.  That’s an order, soldier.)

With so much going on this week, you might be forgiven for completely forgetting about Wednesday night’s WEC event.  At least, you might be forgiven by most people.  Myself, I’m the type to hold a grudge.  I’m also the type to act on that grudge by stabbing you with a broken bottle of Mad Dog while screaming incoherently.  But that’s me.  I’m old fashioned.  Let’s bet on some fights, shall we?

Betting odds come to us courtesy of

Mike Brown (-113) vs. Jose Aldo (+102)
Manny Gamburyan (+105) vs. Leonard Garcia (-105)
Rob McCullough (-145) vs. Karen Darabedyan (+145)

Danny Castillo (-135) vs. Shane Roller (+115)

Kamal Shalorus (-160) vs. Will Kerr (+145)

Diego Nunes (-160) vs. LC Davis (+145)

Cub Swanson (-270) vs. John Franchi (+260)

Antonio Banuelos (-200) vs. Kenji Osawa (+190)

Ricardo Lamas (-225) vs. James Krause (+215)

Seth Dikun (+150) vs. Frank Gomez (-155)

The breakdown…

- Make no mistake, Jose Aldo is an ass-kicker of the first order, but it’s really hard to pick against Brownie at this point.  Anybody who, in his last three fights, has beaten Urijah Faber twice and smoked Leonard Garcia in his spare time deserves some respect.  Aldo’s explosive, and if he catches you getting sloppy he can make you pay, but that’s not Brown’s M.O.  He’s technical, he’s smart, and even though he’s only 5’6” he hits like a guy who’s at least 5’10”.  This should be one hell of a fight, but my money’s on Brown.

- Isn’t this nice?  Manny Gamburyan and his cousin Karo both fighting for Zuffa promotions just a couple days apart.  The question is, which short-tempered Armenian has the better shot at victory?  The oddsmakers don’t necessarily agree, but I think it’s the Manvel.  Leonard Garcia hasn’t looked spectacular of late, and as long as Gamburyan’s trick shoulder doesn’t act up he can really be a bully at 145 pounds. 

- Underdog time: Two guys with pluses next to their names stand out to me here, and they’re L.C. Davis and John Franchi.  Davis is a more moderate bet, and for good reason, but if you’re the risk-taking, no-seatbelt-wearing type, Franchi’s worth a look.  He’s still relatively inexperienced and he’s coming off his first career loss to Gamburyan, but he trains out of upstate New York’s Bomb Squad gym alongside Jon Jones, and he’s facing a beatable opponent in Cub Swanson. 

Official Cage Potato Parlay: Brown + Gamburyan + McCullough + Banuelos. And I’m just going to tell you right now, if these guys don’t come through it’s going to be a lean Christmas.  As in, crappy gifts made from construction paper and empty toilet paper rolls.  Consider yourself warned, friends and family members.

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bbbcswr- November 18, 2009 at 11:59 am
Fuck man, I have been waiting for this for a while. This is gonna be siiick. Its a shame how much the little guys get paid. Never a dull card in the WEC yet they're paid peanuts.
I guess we'll see how Brownie's chin is tonight...and Aldo's grappling. Anyone know when Demacio Page is gonna fight again?
Punches in Bunches- November 18, 2009 at 7:12 am
Still fucked by DirecTV and Comcast's childish squabble. Can we get the winner of the Brown/Aldo fight to settle this? Maybe a couple well placed knees to some executive's head? And why hasn't DW addressed the squabble at all? That bald-headed mother fucker.
Swedish- November 18, 2009 at 7:07 am
Awesome card, look at those odds! All well made fights (unlike the one sided freakshow that is SF)
G Funk- November 18, 2009 at 6:42 am
OMFG this is literally the biggest main event were going to have the rest of the year! I'm excited!!!
ksgbobo- November 18, 2009 at 5:29 am
I agree with the breakdown CP. Question. Would it be possible to make a entry about betting on fights. You know, the process and how it works and all that. I've been thinking about betting on fights now, but dont know where to start. Thanks.
clutchy hopkins- November 17, 2009 at 10:51 pm
this event is going to be bomb
Scott_Whitt- November 17, 2009 at 9:34 pm
How come Razor Rob gets to fight a girl? That doesn't seem fair or maybe this part of his Celebrity sex addiction class.
What are the odds that Cub Swanson actually makes it past the 30 second mark this time?
LastEmperor- November 17, 2009 at 8:33 pm
Also, I only watch manny to see him get his ass kicked. Hate that little midget.
LastEmperor- November 17, 2009 at 8:31 pm
Soda Popinski- November 17, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Aldo via Dances with Wolves Pawnee Indian type beatdown. Brown shall take on the role of that fat guy who ate boiled eggs and farted alot that drove Kevin Costner (John J. Dunbar) to his post at the beginning of the movie. I think he ended up getting his heart ripped out and eaten.

Something of that nature would be my guess.
Downrite- November 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm
Holy Sheeesh! Um...WAR Brown!
Squirrelnuts- November 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm
Faber is naturally more marketable, though. Brown will never be as marketable as Faber unless he starts talking shit before and after fights. He doesn't have that calm, confident grace that other quiet fighters like GSP seem to have.
skeletor- November 17, 2009 at 5:42 pm
I agree, that's probably why I have little interest in him.
ironimpactdojo- November 17, 2009 at 5:24 pm
Mike Brown is the frickin' man, but the guy's got to learn how to promote himself. Faber was beating jobbers in between his higher profile shows w/Curran, Brown, and even Jens, but his brand recognition is light years beyond Brown's. I fault the WEC just as much as I do Brown for that oversight.
One Two- November 17, 2009 at 5:16 pm
damn MD 20/20 that is oldschool
TylerDyrden- November 17, 2009 at 4:53 pm
i say mccullough, second round, by homemade cribs wannabe video...
NateGetsIrate- November 17, 2009 at 4:47 pm
I'm watching this event mainly for Manny. He should be on top of the 145 division considering how well he did at 155 (minus the fluke KO).

Also, there's a pretty good chance that his buddy, Karen, will pull out a sick submission.
Lendo- November 17, 2009 at 4:19 pm
Kamal Shalorus and Will Kerr, both great fighters, Shalorus has a fascinating story. I was gonna pick Kerr, but so little is known about either fighter. Looking forward to that one.

Agreed, Leonard Garcia hasn't looked great, but he'll stand and bang all day and can take a beating as well.

Roller/Castillo is an interesting one. I'm a fan of Faber and his Team Alpha Make fighers, but Roller's no joke.
skeletor- November 17, 2009 at 4:12 pm
i don't really care who wins the main event. But no matter what happens I'd like to see Ado vs. Faber. For some reason even though he's a bad ass i just can't seem to get excited about Brown fights.