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Dana White has high hopes for WEC pay-per-view debut

UFC president Dana White is expecting a successful pay-per-view debut for the UFC’s sister organisation, the WEC, this Saturday April 24 at ARCO Arena in Sacramento, California.

The outspoken promoter threw his weight behind the event while hosting a media conference call on Tuesday.

“The place is going to be sold out, packed, great energy, believe me, thank God this card is happening,” White said. “What I’m happy about, I know for a fact these guys are going to go up and perform on Saturday night. They always do, they always have… these guys deserve to be on pay-per-view.”

WEC 48: Aldo vs. Faber will be headlined by WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo as he defends his belt for the first time against former champion and fan favourite Urijah ‘The California Kid” Faber. Aldo (16-1-0), a Brazilian jiu jitsu black-belt and former professional nak muay, rocketed to MMA prominence last year after racking up six consecutive TKO victories on his way to capturing the featherweight crown. Faber (23-3-0) comes into the bout fresh off a big win over Raphael Assuncao at WEC 46.

The UFC boss has also added a touch of familiarity to the broadcast by slotting in UFC commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan along with the veteran voice of the Octagon, Bruce Buffer.

“We’re the pay-per-view team,” added White.

The full WEC 48 fight card includes:

Jose Aldo vs. Urijah Faber (WEC Featherweight Title)

Benson Henderson vs. Donald Cerrone (WEC Lightweight Title)

Mike Thomas Brown vs. Manny Gamburyan

Anthony Njokuani vs. Shane Roller

Antonio Banuelos vs. Scott Jorgensen

Leonard Garcia vs. Chan Sung Jung

Alex Karalexis vs. Anthony Pettis

Demetrious Johnson vs. Brad Pickett

Chad Mendes vs. Anthony Morrison

Takeya Mizugaki vs. Rani Yahya

Tyler Toner vs. Brandon Visher

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