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Could WEC 48 Be a Savior In Disguise?

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Anderson Silva vs. Demian Maia - UFC Middleweight Title Fight

BJ Penn vs. Frankie Edgar - UFC Lightweight Title Fight

Jake Shields vs. Dan Henderson - Strikeforce Middleweight Title Fight

Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki - Strikeforce Lightweight Title Fight

Gegard Mousasi vs. Muhammad 'King Mo' Lawal - Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Title Fight

Just look at what MMA fans have been offered for the last two weeks.  Now, think about the most noteworthy topics stemming from the conclusion of each show.  For UFC 112, really the ONLY topic that was widespread was the brash and odd behavior of Anderson Silva, which many felt made a mockery of the sport.  Fast forward to this past Saturday, and the most notable topic wasn't the thrashing Jake Shields gave to the huge favorite Dan Henderson, but rather the post-fight brawl that involved Jason 'Mayhem' Miller and the Cesar Gracie camp, which was shown almost in it's entirety on national television.  Many fans were growing antsy to see some championship action but now many wish they could get those 125 minutes back.  These  two shows were to further progress MMA but instead turned it into a hybrid pro wrestling show.  Enter WEC 48.  A show that if you're like me, you didn't even realize was taking place this coming Saturday.  A show where we can add two more title fights for the month of April.  With such bad publicity stemming from two very fresh events, this could be the time for WEC, which to many is seen as a B-show, to shine.  Though they do not have the name value that both UFC and Strikeforce had to market, what they do have are four young, hungry athletes that have yet to disappoint in their MMA careers.  The featherweight title bout between Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber should be receiving much more attention than it has been.  WEC's breakout star Jose Aldo will meet WEC's biggest star Urijah Faber.  Aldo has left a path of destruction that could only parallel Anderson Silva's early work.  Faber has had to dig deep and work his way back into title contention.  Then you have a rematch for the WEC lightweight title between new champion Ben Henderson and Donald Cerrone.  The previous fight was a 2009 fight of the year candidate and was 25 minutes of non-stop action where neither guy would let up an inch.  If on Sunday, the biggest headlines are either that a post-fight brawl involving Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone's camp broke out or how Urijah Faber should be cut for his disrespectful performance and his lack of engaging during the title fight.....I will gracefully tap out from MMA altogether.

SBN coverage of WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber