WEC 51 took place on September 30, 2010. It featured a featherweight championship fight between champ, Jose Aldo, and challenger Manny Gamburyan.
Aldo joined the WEC in 2008 and had been a terror ever since his inception. He defeated 6 of his last 7 previous opponents by knockout, only going to decision once with Uriah Faber. It would be hard to see who could stop Aldo’s momentum.
Manny left the UFC in 2009 to come over to the WEC. He won his first 3 fights, defeating Mike Brown in his previous bout by TKO. He came with tremendous knockout power and a wealth of experience. It was time to see if that would help him defeat the most explosive fighter in MMA.
Round 1: Both fighters touch gloves in the center and face off. Aldo moves forward while Manny circles. Manny throws a strong one-two that doesn’t land but forces Aldo back. Aldo recovers and they engage in the center. They circle each other, Aldo moving forward and Manny circling on the outside. Aldo rushes in and lands a jab and quick knee to Manny’s body. Manny backs up briefly and re-engages.
Manny is constantly rushing in trying to land strong combos, but Aldo simply backs away and he ends up hitting air every time. Aldo lands a strong leg kick circles around and lands another leg kick. Manny looks more aggressive and keeps running in throwing one-two punch combos that miss.
Manny, who is the shorter fighter, seems to be having trouble finding his range with Aldo. Aldo seems content with landing leg kicks and hasn’t done any significant damage. Manny finally throws a right hand that catches Aldo slightly, but not enough to do anything.
Manny swings wildly on the outside, missing a huge left hook. Aldo rushes in and lands a vicious leg kick that buckles Manny’s left leg. Manny rushes right back in throwing another one-two punch combo that misses. Aldo leaps forward and lands another solid leg kick. Manny rushes forward throwing two punches that barely miss the mark. Manny complains of an eye poke and backs into the cage. The referee makes them fight and they face off. Manny lands a leg kick and Aldo lands a knee to the body at the same time. With only seconds left in the round, Manny goes for a takedown but Aldo defends it and the horn sounds.
Round 2: They face off and Manny comes out with more aggression, throwing a leg kick, a one-two punch combo, and shoots for a takedown. Aldo defends and they face off in the center. Manny circles on the outside while Aldo moves forward. Aldo lands an uppercut to Manny’s body, but Manny shakes it off and continues engaging.
Aldo throws a wicked one-two punch combo that lands. It stuns Manny slightly, but he keeps coming. Manny backs off for a second, but comes forward where Aldo throws another wicked uppercut to the face that drops Manny to the canvas. While Manny is down, Aldo back mounts him loosely and starts landing bombs to the side of Manny’s face. Manny is trying to cover up, but it is no avail as Aldo’s attack is just too vicious. The ref gives Manny a chance to defend, but Aldo lands 4 more strong punches that puts Manny in la la land. The ref pulls Aldo off and the fight is stopped. Jose Aldo maintains the featherweight championship by defeating Manny Gamburyan by KO in round 2.