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ESPN primer: WEC 51

Updated: October 12, 2010, 2:24 AM ET
By Jake Rossen

Watch mixed martial arts for any length of time and you'll discover how dizzying its effects can be on your enthusiasm. A fight like Frank Mir-Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic, which dogged the weekend, can sink hearts. Thursday's Jose Aldo-Manny Gamburyan match is likely to make everyone forget all about it.

Aldo is in that amazing physical and emotional space where he's old enough to have power and skill but young enough to not realize he's mortal. He's fast, he's aggressive, and his "strategy" ...

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