WEC 37 took place earlier this evening at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event was broadcast live on Versus.
Miguel Torres put his WEC Bantamweight Championship on the line against Manny Tapia.
Brian Bowles squared off against Will Ribeiro in a bantamweight match-up.
Top-ranked featherweights Wagney Fabiano and Akitoshi Tamura battled it out in what will likely put the winner in the title picture.
Urijah Faber student Joseph Benavidez returned from a brief stint in DREAM to face Danny Martinez.
Results and thoughts after the jump.
- Miguel Torres defeats Manny Tapia via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Brian Bowles defeats Will Ribeiro via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round Three
- Wagnney Fabiano defeats Akitoshi Tamura via Submission (Head & Arm Choke) in Round Three
- Joseph Benavidez defeats Danny Martinez via Unanimous Decision
- Johnny Hendricks defeats Justin Haskins via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Mark Munoz defeats Ricardo Barros via TKO (Strikes) in Round One
- Diego Nunes defeats Cole Province via Unanimous Decision
- Bart Palaszewski defeats Alex Karalexis via TKO (Strikes) in Round Two
- Cub Swanson defeats Hiroyuki Takaya via Unanimous Decision
- Shane Roller defeats Mike Budnik via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
Benavidez vs Martinez was a fairly decent fight. Benavidez looks like he has a bright future in a very thin division. He may be undefeated, but the competition is only going to get tougher, so that may not last for long.
Brian Bowles was very impressive tonight. He controlled the majority of the fight giving Will Ribeiro problems on the feet and the ground. He almost choked out Ribeiro early in the fight, but Ribeiro hung on and Bowles let go. Bowles got a second chance though in the third and finished it for the submission victory. Good candidate for the next bantamweight title shot.
If you like technical ground fighting, Fabiano vs Tamura was the fight for you. 95% of the fight took place on the ground with Fabiano in top position and Tamura on his back. Fabiano didn’t quite dominate there though. Tamura did an excellent job of defending against Fabiano’s advances and even got really close to choking Fabiano out at one point. Ultimately though, with only seconds to spare on the clock in the third round, Fabiano was able to secure the head and arm choke forcing Tamura to tap out. Many fans like found the fight to be quite boring. I’m not a jiu-jitsu practitioner, but I do find fights like this fascinating. It truly is like a human chess match, and these two are two of the best in the weight class.
Did Frank Mir seriously just say Miguel Torres is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world? C’mon Frank, sure he’s top ten, but number one? That term seems to thrown around so loosely these days.
Man, what a finish for Miguel Torres. He spent much of the first round just hitting Tapia with jabs. Tapia even connected with a few good body shots. In the second, once Tapia started to get a little more comfortable with Torres on the feet, Torres put a clean shot on Tapia’s chin and that was the beginning of the end. Tapia quickly recovered, but Torres almost immediately put him back down with a crushing right hand, and finished it from there. It’s going to be tall order for anybody to beat Miguel Torres.
Submission of the Night: Brian Bowles
Knockout of the Night: Bart Palaszewski
Fight of the Night: Cub Swanson and Hiroyuki Takaya ($7,500 each)
Bonus info courtesy of MMA Weekly
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