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Dana White OK with WEC champ Jose Aldo's non-finish, open to 135-pound and UFC bids

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WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo's first title defense wasn't exactly a nail-biter. But it didn't come close to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva's much-maligned UFC 112 performance, said UFC president Dana White.

The UFC figurehead conceded a finish would have been nice, though. After a night filled with barnburners, Aldo's decision win ended WEC 48 on a conservative note.

"Obviously the main event is always the big topper," White said of Aldo's fight with Urijah Faber. "I think [Aldo] could have finished that fight. I think he was being very – I'll call it extremely cautious."

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Post #1   4/25/10 4:09:37PM   

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Aldo was totally conservative. The fight looked like hughes vs renzo with the kicks taking away Faber's legs,only without the finish. How can you be concerned about getting ko'd by a guy who is practically hopping on one leg?

A lot of mma champ fights are not being finished recently. I hope mma doesnt turn into boxing where judges decisions are the outcome all the time.

Post #2   4/25/10 4:20:03PM   

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I have no problem with Aldo sticking to his cautious game plan, especially considering his past performances. If he found it necessary to stay distant to win the fight out of a respect for the power and accuracy of Faber's striking, so be it. Except for the fourth round, Faber was very good at not creating opportunities to get punched in the face for Aldo.

Faber's no dummy, and even though Aldo had the fight in the bag after the third round, moving in close to trade blow for blow would have erased all the damage he had done to the legs and mobility of Faber.

Aldo's still relatively young and learning (which is scary), and I'm sure he'll take lessons from this fight into the future about when's the right time to finish. We know he's a talented stud and the fight intelligence he demonstrated against Faber only adds to his status as a legitimate P4P elite.

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As the pay goes up, this will become more and more common. To lose would be very costly. Smart money is on caution.

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I think Aldo did a great job. He might have played it a little bit on the conservative side but he came very close to finishing the fight several times. The only time I though he should have been more aggressive than he was, was the 5th round. Other than that I give Faber the credit for hanging in there.

Better question: Two of the judges gave one round to Faber. What round could Faber have possibly won?

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Posted by bjj1605

Better question: Two of the judges gave one round to Faber. What round could Faber have possibly won?



The first. It was a pretty insignificant offensive round from both sides, but Faber landed about as many strikes on Aldo that round as Aldo landed on Faber, even though none of them were clean and flush. The reason I gave that round to Faber personally is because Faber connected with a few soft punches to Aldo's face, and Aldo just focused on kicking at Faber's legs and midsection according to the game plan that was just starting.

Close enough round, really.

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Posted by lohmann


Posted by bjj1605

Better question: Two of the judges gave one round to Faber. What round could Faber have possibly won?



The first. It was a pretty insignificant offensive round from both sides, but Faber landed about as many strikes on Aldo that round as Aldo landed on Faber, even though none of them were clean and flush. The reason I gave that round to Faber personally is because Faber connected with a few soft punches to Aldo's face, and Aldo just focused on kicking at Faber's legs and midsection according to the game plan that was just starting.

Close enough round, really.



I thought that Aldo was way more aggressive in that round. Controlled the distance. Dictated when the fighters would engage. Landed the harder/cleaner shots and knocked Urijah off of his feet several times.

Even the closest round in the fight was clearly Aldo's round. The judges have no idea what they're doing.

Post #7   4/25/10 6:27:26PM   

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Aldo looked great. no reason to compare it to anderson's last performance.

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At the very worst Aldo may have given Faber a tad too much respect. Comparing Aldo to Silva should be a crime.

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Aldo is only 23 HALF (Randy's age). Can you imagine how good this kid going to be once he hits Anderson's age? Aldo's a freak of nature.

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You fight to win it is a SPORT do you ever see the teams in the NFL playing to excite the fans no some games are exciting some are not. I say keep it up wins like fitch if you have to i will all ways watch MMA

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Posted by StriderXero

Aldo is only 23 HALF (Randy's age). Can you imagine how good this kid going to be once he hits Anderson's age? Aldo's a freak of nature.

Aldo could be in a serious decline or even finished in 10+ years.

Post #12   4/26/10 11:06:28AM