Tomorrow night’s WEC 47 event sees a number of the bantamweight division’s finest taking center stage, and the return of one of the promotions most beloved fighters, Jens Pulver.
Brian Bowles vs. Dominick Cruz
The headline bout of the evening sees Brian Bowles aiming to defend the bantamweight title for the first time and keep his unbeaten 8-0 record intact against Dominick Cruz, who has went 4-0 in the WEC since moving down to 135lbs.
Cruz is a worthy advisory for Bowles, but he’s become accustomed to heading to the score cards to claim his victories since his switch to bantamweight, while the champion is a proven finisher with serious power for this weight class, as Miguel Torres, amongst others can attest to, and is a submission threat into the bargain.
Five rounds is a long time to keep an opponent like that at bay, and I suspect Bowles will find a way to end this one inside the distance.
I’m going for Brian Bowles to win by TKO in the fourth round.
Miguel Torres vs. Joseph Benavidez
After 17 fights without defeat Miguel Torres looked invincible at the top of the bantamweight division, but a KO loss to Brian Bowles has changed that, and now he faces another tough opponent in Joseph Benavidez as he attempts to return to winning ways.
Benavidez is a tenacious competitor and will aim to put Torres under pressure throughout this fight, hoping to make it an uncomfortable night for the former champion.
Luckily for Torres he has the tools for this particular job – superior reach and a solid jab which should help to keep his opponent at bay, while he offers a serious threat from his back if Benavidez uses his wrestling to go to the ground.
It won’t be easy, but I think that will be enough to earn Miguel Torres the decision victory here.
Jens Pulver vs. Javier Vazquez
After losing his last four fights in the WEC it appeared Jens Pulver was set for retirement, but he’s decided to take one last shot at getting back to ways as he takes on Javier Vasquez who is looking to get his first victory in the WEC after back-to-back losses.
Vasquez’s record is a little deceiving since both of his previous encounters in the promotion were hard fought split decision losses against solid opponents. Pulver on the other hand has lasted barely more than three minutes total cage time in his last three defeats, and currently claims only one win in his last seven fights.
Pulver is one of the great characters in the game, but it’s become clear that time is taking it’s toll on him, and his weaknesses are now being exploited by his opponents. I think that will prove to be the case again here as Vasquez takes him down and locks in a submission to claim victory.
I’m going for Javier Vasquez to win by submission in the second round.
Deividas Taurosevicius vs. L.C. Davis
Former IFL fighters Deividas Taurosevicius and L.C Davis have two decision wins a piece since signing for the WEC last year, and this has all the indications of being another close fight.
Davis has the edge in the wrestling in this encounter, but it’s not an overwhelming advantage, and I believe Taurosevicius has the broader overall skill-set going into this bout, ensuring that he should be able to handle himself no matter how the fight plays out.
I don’t expect to see fireworks from this encounter, but I do think Tarurosevicius will do enough to edge Davis out on the score-cards.
I’m opting for Deividas Taurosevicius to earn a decision victory.
Bart Palaszewski vs. Karen Darabedyan
After a split decision win over veteran Rob McCullough in his WEC debut, Karen Darabedyan faces Bart Palaszewski who has went 2-2 during his time in the organization.
At just 23 years of age Darabedyan already possesses a solid skill-set with a background in boxing, karate and judo, and with a 9-1 record to date he’s proven he can bring it all together in the cage. Palaszewski meanwhile has struggled with consistency lately, and is 4-5 in his last 9 bouts.
Darabedyan could well be a genuine contender in the lightweight division, and I think he’ll show he’s a step above Palaszweksi in this bout.
I’m going for Karen Darabedyan to pick up a decision victory.
Prelims (Predicted Winners Highlighted In Bold):
Scott Jorgensen vs. Chad George
Danny Castillo vs. Anthony Pettis
Leonard Garcia vs. George Roop
Chad Mendes vs. Erik Koch
Bendy Casimir vs. Ricardo Lamas
Courtney Buck vs. Fredson Paixao