WEC 47 is currently underway at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
In the night’s main event, Brian Bowles puts his bantamweight title on the line against Dominick Cruz.
Miguel Torres looks to bounce back from losing his title in a bantamweight bout against Joseph Benavidez.
Jens Pulver looks for a much needed win against Javier Mendez.
Deividas Taurosevicius takes on L.C. Davis in a featherweight bout.
Bart Palaszewski and Karen Darabedyan meet in a lightweight match-up.
Results, thoughts, bonuses and live gate (when available) after the jump.
- Dominick Cruz defeats Brian Bowles TKO (Injury – Broken Hand) at end of Round Two
- Joseph Benavidez defeats Miguel Torres via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round Two
- Javier Vazquez defeats Jens Pulver via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- L.C. Davis defeats Deividas Taurosevicius via Majority Decision (29-29, 29-28, 29-28)
- Bart Palaszewski defeats Karen Darabedyan via Submission (Armbar) in Round One
- Scott Jorgensen defeats Chad George via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in Round One
- Chad Mendes defeats Erik Koch via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Anthony Pettis defeats Danny Castillo via Knockout (Head Kick) in Round One
- Leonard Garcia vs. George Roop ends in a Draw (27-29, 29-27, 28-28)
- Ricardo Lamas defeats Bendy Casimir via Knockout in Round One
- Fredson Paixao defeats Courtney Buck via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) in Round One
Thoughts & Recap
Bart Palaszewski vs. Karen Darabedyan: Bart Palaszewski and Karen Darabedyan kicked off the show with good little one round scrap. Karen layed into Bart pretty early with a barrage of punches before taking him down. Karen maintained top control for the rest of round and rained down bombs on Palaszewski. Bart took a beating but he kept looking for submissions. Karen defended well until the last 30 seconds when Bart grabbed an armbar and forced Darabedyan to tap. Tough round for Palaszewski but he hung in there and pulled out the win.
Deividas Taurosevicius vs. L.C. Davis: This fight turned into a three-round clinchfest. I really couldn’t tell you who won. They were pretty much even everywhere. The first judge called it a 29-29 draw. The other two gave it to LC Davis. I say the first judge had it right.
Jens Pulver vs. Javier Vazquez: I was really hoping I wouldn’t be writing about Jens Pulver’s fifth consecutive loss, but unfortunately I am. Javier Vazquez proved to be too much for Jens on the ground. Vasquez used his BJJ to transition to varying dominant positions on Pulver before grabbing an armbar from full mount late in the first round. Heartbreaking to see Pulver drop another one. He was emotional in the post-fight interview telling the fans he’s fought for them and doesn’t want to put them through another loss, but stopped short of saying he would retire.
Miguel Torres vs. Joseph Benavidez: Wow, Joseph Benavidez gives Miguel Torres his second loss in a row. Benavidez seemed to be just a step quicker than Torres for most of the fight. Torres landed some wicked leg kicks, but it wasn’t enough to keep Benavidez at bay. Benavidez kept the pressure on him, finished takedowns and relentlessly pounded on Torres from the top while Torres looked for submissions his back. Benavidez really put Torres in trouble in the second though when he cut Torres wide open with an elbow from the top. Shortly thereafter, Benavidez sank in a tight guillotine choke forcing Torres to tap out. Huge win for Benavidez over a guy who seemed unbeatable not even a year ago.
Brian Bowles vs. Dominick Cruz: Man, watching Dominick Cruz will tire you out. That kid’s footwork is insane. He’s dances around all over the place, weaving in and out, throwing punches, leg kicks and counters from odd angles. It’s confusing to watch, so I can only imagine what it’s like to fight him. It’s a puzzle his opponents have to solve to win and tonight Brian Bowles couldn’t solve it. Bowles landed a few shots, but for the most part, he was a step behind. As the fight went on, you could see the frustration and confusion on Bowles face. Unfortunately, we never got to see if Bowles could turn it around in the later rounds since the doctors called it between rounds two and three. They never really specified why, but Bowles said in the in the post-fight interview he thought he broke his hand on the first punch he landed in the fight. Disappointing ending, but Dominick Cruz turned in an impressive performance becoming the new WEC bantamweight champ.
Knockout of the Night: Anthony Pettis
Submission of the Night: Joseph Benavidez
Fight of the Night: Leonard Garcia & George Roop
Live Gate & Attendance
Live gate: $401,000