Posted On:3/07/2010 12:03am
Style: San Shou
Holy christ, that **** was nuts.
How the **** did Torres lose? Do you guys think this is the beginning of the end for him?
Posted On:3/07/2010 12:07am
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HOLY FUCKING HEAD KICK.
I dunno if it's the beginning of the end for Torres, he's coming off of a seven month lay-off or something like that. I'm really hoping it's just ring rust.
Posted On:3/07/2010 12:35am
wow, didn't see that one coming. cruz tko bowles by broken hand? cruz is definitely a strange nut to crack, though.
Posted On:3/07/2010 1:31am
Style: On Hiatus
Seeing Jens Pulver lose his fifth straight fight has officially made me a sad panda.
Posted On:3/07/2010 2:59am
The WEC's revolving door of champions continues to spin-- a testament to how competitive the lighter weight divisions are in the sport of MMA. A night of great fights and pulse-pounding upsets, tonight will certainly change the course of the bantamweight division.
Javier Vazquez def. Jens Pulver (Armbar, 3:41 of Rd 1)
It was hard to see Jens go down so early, marking his fifth loss in a row, and fourth in a streak of first round finishes. The fans of Pulver have gathered around the slogan "Forever Relevant" since career began to slide, but now I wonder just how much truth that has left in it. Obviously, no one can take away what he has done for the sport. He is and will forever be a legend in MMA. Still, after falling on such hard times as a fighter, perhaps it would be better for him to pass the torch on for good. I'm sure at this point he would make a much better coach or trainer than a fighter.
Joseph Benavidez def. Miguel Torres (Guillotine Choke, 2:57 of Rd 2)
Benavidez definitely earned himself a new fan after tonight. Coming in as a heavy underdog, no one expected him to take the fight to the former champ like he did. Torres looked more than a little shaky coming into the fight, which I'm hoping was a case of ring rust from his seven month layoff. After a lot of good action in the first round, Joseph hit a beautiful double leg takedown in the middle of the second, following up with a vicious elbow that opened Miguel up like a fountain. In the ensuing scramble, Benavidez quickly seized an arm-in guillotine choke that won him the Submission of the Night. It is likely that this victory will move him up for a title shot against the new 135 lb. champion, Dominick Cruz, whom he lost to last August.
Dominick Cruz def. Brian Bowles (TKO due to doctor's stoppage, 5:00 of Rd 2)
A dazzling display of footwork and counter-punching was put on for two rounds as Dominick Cruz danced his way into the bantamweight championship. Bowles was definitely a game fighter, but seemed to lack the technical skill to compete with Cruz, who constantly cut new angles and landed a variety of counter-rights and low kicks. While not as crisp and composed as fighters like Anderson Silva or Lyoto Machida, Dominick's boxing skills are definitely something to watch out for. Currently undefeated as 135 lbs. (and his only loss coming from Uriah Faber at 145), Cruz continues to improve, and I think he just might stick around as champ for a long time.
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Posted On:3/07/2010 4:00am
Posted On:3/07/2010 11:21am
Style: The Sweet Science
Wow, what a fight card, almost nothing went the way I expected. Torres looked hesitant and timid in the cage. I still think he should have been able to punish Benavidez with his jab; he's usually good with his hands and he had an 11 inch reach advantage. It really seemed like he was afraid to let his hands go after getting caught by Bowles. Benavidez on the other hand looked fantastic. His first fight with Cruz was a pretty close decision if I remember right so the rematch could be a good fight.
I've got to admit I'm bummed that Bowles took such a beating. I'd like to blame it on his broken hand but the hand doesn't explain the counter-punches he ate. i really underestimated Cruz, but I guess that just goes to show how deep the talent is in the WEC.
Darabedyan looked as powerful and aggresive as I remembered him, but also as unrefined. On the other hand I didn't realize Bartimus' BJJ was that good. The Taurosivicius-Davis fight was kind of a dud, not much action and there was no decisive winner to my mind. I don't have a problem giving it to Davis because no one likes a draw though. What can I say about Castillo? I like the guy but I think the kick he ate could have derailed a train.
All in all it didn't make me happy to see Bowles, Castillo and Pulver get dominated but this card showed exactly why the WEC is so awesome.
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