Saturday the 6th of March proved to be an exciting night as WEC 47 took place and the 135lb title was on the line as Brian Bowles took on Dominick Cruz. Also former champ Miguel Torres faced off against Joseph Benavidez as he tried to get back to winning ways.
In the co-main event of Torres vs Benavidez we saw great action with Joseph’s explosive striking overwhelming the former champ Torres. Benavidez never looked in any trouble as he dominated the first round and in the second his heavy hands opened a nasty cut on Torres. Miguel looked stunned as Benavidez sunk in a deep guillotine choke and ended the fight in the second round. A huge upset leaving Torres in need of 20 stitches in his forehead.
Torres wrote this via his twitter: ’20 stitches on my forehead. Couldn’t see and was breathing in blood, sh*t happens. I will be back.’
So maybe this has made the former champ more determined to get back to winning ways, whether Torres will be able to get back to the form that saw him placed on many people’s top 10 p4p list only time will tell.
The second major upset of the evening came in the main event for the Bantamweight title between Brian Bowles and Dominick Cruz. The champion Bowles was dethroned as the champ at the end of round 2 when he was forced to withdraw due to what has since been confirmed as a broken hand. So the underdog Cruz is the new 135lb champ.
Jens Pulver will say goodbye to the MMA world after he lost by arm bar in the first round of his fight against Javier Velasquez. Pulver, the first ever UFC lightweight champ, was dominated and the MMA world will really miss ‘Lil Evil’ but hats off to Velasquez who showed great sportsmanship.
Knockout of the night award went to Anthony Pettis who knocked out Danny Castillo with a brutal head kick in the first round of their lightweight bout.
So all in all a night of upsets, injuries and great fights for WEC 47.