WEC 47 was held at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio - Saturday night, March 6th in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival. WEC 47 featured some of the greatest lightweight MMA fighters in the world including the current WEC bantamweight champ Brian Bowles, bantamweight contender Dominick Cruz, former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres, Joseph Benavidez, Javier Vazquez and MMA veteran Jens Pulver. WEC 47 was positioned to be a strong card and it did not disappoint! What a great night of fights in Columbus, Ohio which was held in front of an estimated 8,500 + crowd.
The night was of course filled with it's own story lines. The majority of the fights were incredibly exciting as six fights were ended in the first round (4 submissions, 2 TKOs). A new WEC bantamweight champion was crowned as Dominick Cruz upset Brian Bowles. After the fight, Bowles said he broke his hand on the first punch of the night, and he couldn't recover. At the end of the second round - the doctor stopped the bout, declaring Cruz the victor! Then there was Urijah Faber's Team Alpha Male dominance as Joseph Benavidez dominated Miguel Torres, ending the fight with a 2nd round guillotine choke (after a massive cut was opened on Torres), and Chad Mendes scored a decision victory over Erik Koch. There was clearly no love loss between Scott Jorgensen and Chad George, but Jorgensen put questions to rest in less than a minute with an impressive standing guillotine choke. Javier Vazquez dominated his bout with Jens Pulver - but the real story could be Pulver's admission that this could be his last professional mixed martial arts fight. It is also worth noting that Jens Pulver was wearing what was possibly the coolest MMA shirt produced to date, featuring the old Nintendo Punch Out design. Anthony Pettis scored an impressive 1st round leg kick knockout over Danny Castillo. All in all the fights were great and the fans in Nationwide arena got treated to an amazing show at WEC 47.
Send the WEC 47 winners some love on Twitter:
New WEC Bantamweight Champion - Dominick Cruz - @TheDomin8r
Joseph Benavidez - @joeb135
Scott Jorgensen - @Scottjorgensen
Chad Mendes - @chadmendes
Anthony Pettis - @showtimepettis
Dominick Cruz def. Brian Bowles via TKO (doctor's stoppage) - Round 2, 5:00.
Joseph Benavidez def. Miguel Torres via submission - guillotine choke - Rd 2, 2:57.
Javier Vazquez def. Jens Pulver via submission - armbar - Round 1, 3:41.
L.C. Davis def. Deividas Taurosevicius via majority decision (29-29, 29-28, 29-28).
Bart Palaszewski def. Karen Darabedyan via submission - armbar - Round 1, 4:40.
Scott Jorgensen def. Chad George via submission - guillotine choke - Round 1, 0:31.
Chad Mendes def. Erik Koch via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).
Anthony Pettis def. Danny Castillo via KO - head kick - Round 1, 2:17.
Leonard Garcia vs. George Roop declared split draw (29-27, 27-29, 28-28).
Fredson Paixao def. Courtney Buck via submission - rear naked choke - Rd 1, 2:39.
Ricardo Lamas def. Bendy Casimir via knockout - knee strikes- Round 1, 3:43.