Anthony Springer Jr. at cageside
In one of the shockers of the year underdog Brian Bowles TKO’ed Miguel Angel Torres in the first round to become the WEC world bantamweight champion Sunday night in Las Vegas. Though Torres was 36-1, the 7-0 Bowles was not afraid to trade heavy punches with the pound for pound standout. After landing a stiff right hand, Torres overcommitted with an aggressive charge and was caught with a short right hook. Once on the ground Bowles rained down devastating blows to the unconcious Torres until the fight was waved off at 3:15.
Bantamweight Dominick Cruz seperated himself from the pack of 135 lb. contenders by defeating Joseph Benividez via unanimous decision. Judges’ scorecards read 29-28 twice and 30-27 in favor of Cruz.
Lightweight Danny Castillo stopped Ricardo Lamas with a devastating right cross at 4:15 of round two.
In a battle of bantamweight contenders Takeya Mizugaki survived a dangerous triangle choke in the final seconds of the fight by Jeff Curran to win a three round split decision. Scorecards read 29-28.
Featherweight Leonard Garcia put forth a gutsy performance against Jameel Massouh to earn a three round split decision. Scores all read 29-28.
In a featherweight clash Cole Province defeated Fredson Paixao in a lackluster unanimous decision. Scorecards all read 29-28. Lightweight Shane Roller earned a hardfought unanimous decision over former title challenger Marcus Hicks. Scorecards read 30-27 twice and 29-28. Ed Ratcliff defeated Phil Cardella via unanimous decision after three exciting rounds. Scores read 30-27 twice and 29-28. Former 135 lb. title challenger Rani Yahya submitted John Hosman with a slick north south choke at 2:08 of the first round. Featherweight Diego Nunes defeated Rafael Dias via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 30-27. In the evening’s opening bout featherweight LC Davis defeated Javier Vazquez via split decision. Scores read 30-27 and 29-28 in favor of Davis.