FEATHERWEIGHT CONTENDER JOSE ALDO LOOKING TO STEAMROLL SWANSON
BRAZILIAN KNOCKOUT ARTIST BELIEVES HE DESERVES A SHOT AT BROWN-FABER WINNER
WEC PRESENTS: BROWN VS. FABER II
From ARCO ARENA in Sacramento, California, Sunday, June 7
Brazil has produced some of the finest mixed martial artists the world has ever seen. From Anderson Silva to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to Mauricio Rua, the cities and towns of this South American country have churned out devastating strikers, dangerous grapplers, and vicious finishers.
Of all the great stars Brazil has created, perhaps the best is a rising star that does not yet have a famous last name. But take one look at 22-year-old featherweight Jose Aldo (14-1) and you’ll soon see why he could one day be considered the best fighter that Brazil has ever crafted. That’s right. Better than Silva. More gifted than Nogueira. Stronger than Rua.
Undefeated in the WEC at 4-0 with four convincing TKO wins, Aldo has instantly become one of the most potent fighters in the world. Boasting heavy hands, world-class jiu jitsu, and the intangible assets necessary to become a world champion, it’s no wonder why Aldo has taken the WEC by storm.
“I’ve seen a lot of well-rounded fighters, but Jose gives the word ‘versatile’ new meaning,” WEC General Manager Reed Harris said. “His power, his speed, and his intelligence make him a difficult matchup for just about anyone in this sport. This is a guy I think can be considered among the pound-for-pound best.”
Aldo’s bout against Cub Swanson (13-2) on June 7 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, CA could go a long way in validating Harris’ assessment. It could also determine whether the Brazilian gets a shot at the winner of the Mike Brown-Urijah Faber title fight. If the once-beaten Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt can best the gritty Swanson, he thinks he deserves a crack at the featherweight crown.
“If it was my decision, I’d say that I deserve a title shot,” Aldo, who admits that his affinity for knockouts was derived from a love of boxer Mike Tyson. “My impression of Cub Swanson is that he is a great athlete and goes on the attack. But a win over him would be another step on the way to achieving my goal.”
While he is not overlooking Swanson, Aldo admits that he is completely focused on winning a world title. What’s more, he’s even willing to drop to bantamweight in his quest for a shot at a championship fight. Simply put, Jose Aldo wants to fight the best in the world. Whether it’s Mike Brown, Urijah Faber, or even Miguel Angel Torres, Aldo wants to prove that he is truly the top mixed martial artist the world has ever seen.
“The bottom line with Jose is that he’s got his mind set on fighting for a world title,” said Harris. “When he speaks, you get an instant feel for just how dedicated he is to the sport and his quest for the title. We’re excited for his fight with Cub. Cub is another young, rising star and he’s going to put the heat on Jose. We’ll find out on June 7 who rises to the occasion.”
About Brown vs. Faber II
Arguably the biggest fight in WEC® history, Mike Brown (21-4) defends the featherweight crown against “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (22-2) on June 7 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, CA. The bout, deemed by many within the MMA community as one of the most important rematches to ever take place in MMA, comes after Brown took the title from Faber seven months ago.
Then considered to be a mega upset, Florida resident Brown stunned Faber with a first round knockout victory in November 2008. Since capturing the belt from Faber last year, Brown has made quite a name for himself in the sport, submitting Leonard Garcia in his first title defense in March.
Determined to get his title back, Sacramento’s Faber scored a convincing submission victory over Jens Pulver in January, his first fight since dropping the belt to Brown. Now gearing up for the return bout with the champion, the 30-year-old Faber is poised to prove that he is still the top 145-pound fighter in the world.
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