In honor of WEC's first pay-per-view card this Saturday, a nod to how far World Extreme Cagefighting has come in the past year, Fightin' Words opens up its crystal (light) ball with some WEC 48 Aldo vs. Faber predictions.
The same caveat remains: Don't trust me when you get to the betting window in your preferred sports book, but in terms of some Internet reading and debating, let's roll.
Jose Aldo vs. Urijah Faber (WEC featherweight championship)
Seems like lots of folks can't pick a winner here, but I can. Jose Aldo. Why him? Well, why not? Aldo has been on a meteoric rise through WEC, and while Faber is the sentimental favorite and hometown hero, this is Aldo's time. The pick: Aldo via second-round TKO. | Video
Ben Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone (WEC lightweight championship)
Let's guard against getting too hyped up for this one because there's no way it can match the five-round fight of the year these two guys put on last October. Still, let's hope it comes real close. The pick: Henderson by third-round submission. | Video
Mike Brown vs. Manny Gamburyan
A pair of attacking bruisers with solid ground games. Brown is the favorite year, and he says he's switched his stand-up around a little bit. It could pay off. The pick: Gamburyan in an upset via split-decision. | Video
Anthony Njokuani vs. Shane Roller
Njokuani has won his last three WEC lightweight fights via TKO, with Roller on a two-fight win streak. Njokuani is a dominant striker, and Roller is an exceptional wrestler. The difference here lies in the fact that Roller has better stand-up than Njokuani has ground skills. The pick: Njokuani via first-round TKO.
Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen
Jorgensen lost to Banuelos in June 2009 but has won his three fights since, including a 31-second submission of Chad George in his last bout. The pick: Jorgensen via revenge submission.