Aldo vs. Faber headlined the card but Manny Gamburyan, Benson Henderson, Leonard Garcia and Chang Sung Jung stole the show. Read on for a concise recap of the nights events and check back later today for a full photo gallery of Paul Thatcher’s best shots.
(Aldo’s superior striking won the day versus Faber.)
Jose Aldo def. Urijah Faber by unanimous decision.
Benson Henderson def. Donald Cerrone by submission (guillotine) at 1:57 of Round 1.
Manvel Gamburyan def. Mike Thomas Brown by knockout (punch) at 2:22 of Round 1.
Shane Roller def. Anthony Njokuani by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:07 of Round 1.
Scott Jorgensen def. Antonio Banuelos by unanimous decision
Leonard Garcia def. Chang Sung Jung by split decision.
Anthony Pettis def. Alex Karalexis by submission (triangle choke) at 1:35 of Round 2.
Brad Pickett def. Demetrious Johnson by unanimous decision.
Chad Mendes def. Anthony Morrison by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:31 of Round 1.
Takeya Mizugaki def. Rani Yahya by unanimous decision.
Tyler Toner def. Brandon Visher by technical knockout (punches) at 2:36 of Round 1.
(Garcia vs. Jung was one for the ages.)
After Leonard Garcia got the split decision over Chang Sung Jung, he split $130,000 with the “Korean Zombie” as they earned Fight of the Night Honors. Manny Gamburyan’s first round right hook earned him Knockout of the Night over former WEC Champion Mike Thomas Brown for $65,000. Benson Henderson cashed out with a first round guillotine choke over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and $65,000 worth of Submission of the Night honors.
Gate & Attendance
According to UFC President Dana White, 14,144 fans packed into Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif. for a million dollar gate.
(Scott Jorgensen redeemed an earlier loss to Antonio Banuelos.)
Manny Gamburyan’s furious finish of Mike Brown and Urijah Faber’s five round loss to Featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo surprised us but we’re still 47-20 for the year.
FIGHT! Pick: Faber Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
Benson Henderson (-115) vs. Donald Cerrone (-115)
FIGHT! Pick: Henderson Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Mike Thomas Brown (-650) vs. Manny Gamburyan (+450)
FIGHT! Pick: Brown Resulting Outcome: INCORRECT
Anthony Njokuani (-105) vs. Shane Roller (-125)
FIGHT! Pick: Roller Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Scott Jorgensen (-295) vs. Antonio Banuelos (+235)
FIGHT! Pick: Jorgensen Resulting Outcome: CORRECT
Odds & Ends
UFC President Dana White declared the WEC on pay-per-view depends on the inaugural show’s numbers, which Zuffa does not plan on releasing to the public.
Urijah Faber is 2-2 at his hometown venue Arco Arena and 1-2 in title fights.
WEC Lightweight Benson Henderson has finished back-to-back title bouts with guillotine chokes.