Jose Aldo became the WEC’s new featherweight champion on Wednesday with a second-round TKO of title-holder Mike Brown in the main event of WEC 44, which took place at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas.
Also on the Versus-televised main card, Manny Gamburyan topped fellow featherweight contender Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision, newcomer Karen Darabedyan scored a split decision win over former lightweight champ rob McCullough, Shane Roller submitted Danny Castillo with a third-round rear naked choke, and Kamal Shalorus knocked out Will Kerr in the opening round.
The complete results for WEC 44 were:
- Jose Aldo def. Mike Brown (c) via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:20
WEC Featherweight Championship
- Manny Gamburyan def. Leonard Garcia by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Karen Darabedyan def. Rob McCullough via split decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
- Shane Roller def. Danny Castillo via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 3, 3:32
- Kamal Shalorus def. Will Kerr via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:26
- L.C. Davis def. Diego Nunes via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
- Cub Swanson def. John Franchi via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 4:50
- Antonio Banuelos def. Kenji Osawa via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Ricardo Lamas def. James Krause via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Frank Gomez def. Seth Dikun via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Pictured: Jose Aldo