When the WEC brass announced that it would put an event on pay-per-view for the first time, fans hoped that it would be a spectacular card. WEC 48 has shaped out to be exactly that. The roster in Sacremento, California is decorated with current and former champions. Preceding the pay-per-view portion of the event, the WEC will air two appetizers on Spike TV; Alex Karalexis vs. Anthony Pettis and Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung. The main course will be served at 10:00pm EST and it's looking quite delicious.
Scott Jorgenson vs. Antonio Banuelos
This bout was orginally scheduled to be Banuelos vs. Demacio Page until Page was forced off the card with an injury. That sets up a rematch from which Jorgenson came up short in a split decision. He has since ripped off three wins in a row, most recently a 31-second knockout over Chad George at WEC 47. Banuelos has just one fight since then, a unanimous decision win over Kenji Osawa. That victory has also put him on a three fight winning streak so there's a good chance that the winner of this contest could put himself in line for the next shot at the bantamweight title.
Anthony Njokuani vs. Shane Roller
Since losing to Ben Henderson at WEC 38 in his debut with the promotion, Njokuani has not only won three consecutive fights but he's done so in spectacular fashion, winning knockout of the night honors in all three. He's 12-2 in his pro career with his only losses coming from Ben Henderson and Donald Cerrone who face each other in a rematch for the lightweight championship in the co-main event. Roller is 4-1 in the WEC with his only loss being to Henderson. At 7-2 overall Roller has only gone to decision once. His most recent win was a submission of the night rear naked choke over Danny Castillo at WEC 44.
Mike Brown vs. Manvel Gamburyan
Brown is looking to get back into the championship picture after losing his belt to Jose Aldo in November of last year. He choked out Anthony Morrison in January for the first step toward that goal. Brown has been battle-tested against some of the top competition in the world and has had enough success to have been ranked as the #1 featherweight in the world and also appeared near the top of many pound for pound rankings. The WEC isn't giving Brown a cake walk to the title shot. Gamburyan didn't find much success as a lightweight in the UFC, going 2-3 there before dropping to 145lbs. and moving to the WEC where he's looked like a different fighter. He's won back to back fights over John Franchi and Leonard Garcia, respectively, and could certainly be in the hunt for a title shot himself. A win over a fighter of Brown's caliber would cement his place as a top contender in the division.
Donald Cerrone vs. Ben Henderson
When these two fought for the interim belt at WEC 43 in October, not only was it given fight of the night honors but it was voted for as fight of the year by many. Henderson won by unanimous decision then went on to defeat Jamie Varner to unify the title and improve his record to 11-1. The victory also extended his winning streak to a...